Today’s final game brings with it a number of farewells (some certain, others more hypothetical). Entangled within these farewells are various sub-plots as the 2015/16 la liga season draws to a close.
Of the certain farewells, we say adios to Jorge Molina after six years at Betis. The big man up top has been a loyal servant for los verdiblancos playing 217 times and scoring 77 goals. He’s helped Betis to achieve two promotions to la liga, the first time being in his first season where he was the top goalscorer with 18 goals. The following season he made his primera division debut at the tender age of 29! His time at Betis has come to a natural end, having only scored one goal this season, but fans won’t forget the good times.
From a football perspective there’s not much to write home about on last night’s derbi match, there wasn’t much played. It was frantic, tense, fast paced yet very stop-start. Chances were few a far between, especially from Betis standpoint, and the game ran out zero apiece.
Brilliant banner: Muy noble, muy leal, invicta y verdiblanca. Ciudad del Betis.
Saying all that it shouldn’t really have been an entertaining affair, but it was. It was terrible ugly, yet still an intriguing match from start to finish. The tune was set after the 3rd minute when Molinero scythed down Tremoulinas on the left flank. Definite yellow card. After that the referee didn’t have his whistle out of his mouth all evening. It seemed to be blowing every minute, contact or no contact. I do think the game, especially in Spain, is almost becoming a non-contact sport.
After the disappointing loss to Deportivo La Coruña last week something at the club needed to change; that’s right the velvety green turf.
‘Velvety green’ is how you should be describing the pitch, but in truth, it is far from that description. The ground staff do have a difficult job in keeping the playing turf in tip-top condition in the sweltering heat of Seville, Spain’s hottest city, which as we know can quite easily reach over 40 degrees throughout the summer.
With the temperature lowering around Europe, Pepe Mel and the club have decided now is the right time for a revamp. The timing is good as Betis don’t play at home again until 17th October against Espanyol. The reason for the 23 day break is two consecutive away trips (Sporting just gone and Rayo Vallecano coming up) followed by an international break.
The club also plan to do the same to the Ciudad Deportivo Luis Del Sol training ground. So on the 17th October, have a gander at the pitch, or to use that wonderful Spanish word – el césped.