First of all I didn’t get to watch the game due to work and got home after 5 minutes before the final whistle, so this won’t be the longest post I’ve ever written. Nor does it have to be reading the many upset and angered béticos on Twitter; it was much of the same that has been happening over the last couple of months.
Fourth game now without a goal. 0-10 on aggregate.
To sum up Betis were out-played, out-battled and out-done on tactics. The starting line-up didn’t exactly sound out confidence: Adán, Ceballos, Joaquín, Cejudo and Rubén on the bench; Pezzella, Jordi, Molina, Van Wolfswinkel and a few others in. Of course, you can’t play the same 11 for every single game, especially with a league game coming up in a couple of days, but this is a Copa del Rey game against your biggest rivals, whoever the players were on the pitch they should be running through concrete walls. Judging by the reviews, they weren’t.
We are only at ‘half-time’ in the tie but Sevilla are certainly in a healthy position thanks to goals from Krohn-Dehli and Krykowiak. Betis could have given themselves a glimmer of hope but the usually reliable Rubén blasted over from the penalty spot, the also usually reliable Alfred N’Diaye was sent off for a second yellow.
After the game Joaquín said: “We are living in a bad moment, another home defeat and even worse against Sevilla. We’re not eliminated yet, there is still the game at the Sánchez Pizjuán to fight and give face. These are difficult moments and we have to stay united. I understand the anger of the people because at home we haven’t had good results.”
A bit of fight and heart from the players would be nice Señor Joaquín. If it isn’t there against Getafe this weekend, I’m sure I’ll be saying ‘adios’ to Pepe Mel on here.