The headline here sums it up for me.
If you watched the first half no one could disagree with you if you said the game should be at least 5-0 to Betis. And that is not five half chances, that is five golden, guilt-edged chances. Betis started the game like a house on fire. Three corners in the first five minutes and the game continued in that fashion for the best part of 40 minutes. It was Betis vs Yoel – the Celta goalkeepers, and single-handedly the goalkeeper came out on top. Betis played fantastically well in the first half, but they could not put the ball in the back of the net and unfortunately that is what football is all about. It was the same story against Real Madrid last week. The better team but with no end product. There are only so many chances a team can have and at this level you have to take them.
Without Rubén Castro up front (he was on the bench), it was down to Jorge Molina again with help from Verdú, Cedrick and Juan Carlos. Molina and Cedrick were guilty of missing the majority of the best chances in the first half.
The second half was disastrous. Apart from the goal at the end by no other than Castro, I cannot remember any serious attacks or attempts at goal from Betis – it was diametrically opposite to the first half. Real Betis: The Jekyll and Hyde of La Liga.
Celta were set up much better in the second half and punished Betis, they were even guilty of missing chances themselves. Eventually, it was Charles in minute 67 and then Nolito in the 74th who finished Pepe Mel’s men off. The defence of Betis crumbled and fell apart like a rich tea that had been dipped in a cup of tea for far too long.
Why the drastic change in performance? A couple of reasons: i) Could have been through tiredness after the Thursday night trip to Czech Republic; ii) After the first half the players could tell it was going to be ‘one of those nights’; iii) Celta upped their game and Betis couldn’t alter their tactics effectively enough.
So where does that leave Betis? On zero points after 2 games. After two first halves of great attitude and ability, the club have no points. The sooner Rubén returns to full form the better, but we should not be relying on just one player to score all our goals and take the chances, there needs to be more.
This was honestly one of the most frustrating games I have watched Betis play; and there has been a few. Pepe Mel summed it up by saying, “It was a bad night for us.”
It is only the second game so let’s hope the players get back on the training ground and work on their finishing and their tactics with Pepe Mel and co. Manquepierda.