The verdiblanco team, defeated in their seven visits to the new San Mams and imprisoned by an accused irregularity, seeks to take flight under the command of veteran Pellegrini
EL Athletic receives the Monday in San Mamés yet exemplary guest, of those who do not get you out of your boxes, nor do they make your day bitter when you act as a careful host. At least that’s how it happened every time Betis has paraded through the new Cathedral since its opening the world in September 2013. The previous two years, when the old rojiblanco coliseum was farewell, the story was very different, as the verdiblanco team won 2-3 (2011-12) and 3-5 (2012-13) with Beñat Etxebarria as the scorer in both stakes. The lions, with Marcelo Bielsa on the bench, were powerless against a rival who scored eight goals in 180 minutes to say goodbye to the top of a field that proceeded to close its doors to reincarnate in another in which Betis lives an authentic nightmare.
In total they are seven visits and as many defeats that the Andalusians have suffered in the new San Mamés, six in the league and one in the Cup, with a balance of thirteen goals against and only three in favor. His torture began on September 26, 2013, in the sixth league match, when Athletic beat the Verdiblancos 2-1 with goals from Óscar de Marcos and Mikel San José. The target signed by the now Granada striker, Jorge Molina, was of no use, since the lions tied the three points under the orders of Ernesto Valverde to repeat the triumph four months later in the second leg of the round of 16 tournament of the KO a double by Mikel Rico served to turn the tie around and leave Betis in the gutter that has continued to collect defeats in their appearances in Bilbao when they were defeated uninterruptedly by 3-1 (2015-16), 2- 1 (2016-17), 2-0 (2017-18) and 1-0 (2018-19, 2019-20).
The team that leads nowadays Manuel PellegriniIn this way, he will try to put an end to a nightmare that has lasted for seven years on Monday. His visits to San Mamés, turned into a torment for his interests, put on alert a team that has other sources of concern apart from Athletic. The sounded and celebrated arrival of Pellegrini to the local bench of Benito Villamarín has not yet borne the expected fruits to a club that has been embracing irregularity since the 2017-18 campaign, in which it managed to qualify for the Europa League with Quique Setién as coach. The joy, however, was soon gone. He did so in a 2018-19 year full of ups and downs that led to the departure of the Cantabrian coach and the subsequent hiring of Joan Francesc Ferrer, better known as Rubí, who last season worsened the football records signed by Setién.
Once the decision of his dismissal had been made, the club opted for the experience and seniority of Pellegrini, ex-coach of equipment like San Lorenzo, River Plate, Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga, Manchester City, Hebei China Fortune and West Ham, his last destination prior to landing in a Betis that he tries to promote in the heat of an attractive football proposal. The numbers signed since the beginning of this season, however, highlight the tremendous difficulties of the Andalusian team to seal its goal, to the point of appearing as the most thrashed team in the category with 17 goals conceded in the nine league games disputed. Seventh in the standings without having seen any of their league games postponed and with twelve goals in their favor, Pellegrini’s men are looking for stability that is also reflected in the results, since they have four wins and five losses to date.
NO MIDDLE TERM
Without draws in between, something common in teams capable of the best and the worst, Betis can boast of having surpassed Alavés (0-1), Valladolid (2-0), Valencia (0-2) and Elche ( 3-1), although they have yielded to Real Madrid (2-3), Getafe (3-0), Real Sociedad (0-3), Atlético (2-0) and Barcelona (5-2). It is true that the demanding calendar has not greatly favored the acclimatization process of the Verdiblancos to the contrasting booklet of Pellegrini, a coach with fifteen clubs and thirteen titles in his curriculum who has recovered players like Cristian Tello and Tonny for the cause Sanabria and that he will try to break the Betic curse on Monday in the new San Mamés.
Muscle injury against germany
Canales, down against Athletic
Major absences. The league break motivated by international commitments has been adverse for the interests of Betis, which saw on Tuesday how Sergio Canales, one of its main assets, fell injured in the 9th minute of the game that faced Spain and Germany. The Cantabrian midfielder, a victim of a muscle injury, will be absent on Monday against Athletic in a date in which Nabil Fekir will not be present either. The Frenchman, another important man for Manuel Pellegrini, will have to wait to return to the pitch due to another muscular ailment. The Algerian center-back Aissa Mandi, meanwhile, will be out against the lions due to suspension after being sent off against Barça.
With seventeen goals against in nine games, the Verdiblancos appear as the team with the most goals in the category