Huddersfield Town 2 – 4 Real Betis: Debut hat-trick for Chuli

Betis kicked off their English pre-season campaign with a bangon Wednesday night thanks to a mightily impressive display from new centre-forward Chuli, who grabbed himself a hat-trick.

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Betis bus outside the John Smith Stadium in Huddersfield

It was a fine evening in Huddersfield which was accompanied with a ‘room for improvement’ performance, particularly in the defensive department. Unfortunately (particularly for me), Rubén Castro, who was supposed to start, pulled out of the squad altogether which I can only assume is down to the injury that ruled him out of the last couple of games. Correct decision; there is no need to be rushed back.

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Betis enjoy their first game on English soil

The first half 11 lined up as so: Anderson in goal; Steinhofer (debutee), Perquis, Paulao, Nacho in defence; Carlos García, Nosa, Verdu and Nono in midfield; Chuli (debutee) and Molina up front. It was by no means a conventional 4-4-2 with Nono playing from wide left and Verdu through the middle.

It didn’t start to brightly with Huddersfield having the better of the play and James Vaughan put them ahead after 11 minutes with a back post header. It could have got a touch unsavoury in the 17th minute when Nono and Clayton squared up after a tough 50/50. Nono did thrust his head at Clayton and probab

ly would have seen red if it had been a competitive match, but his handbags got him a yellow card instead. The play settled and Betis got their passing game going. Patience finally paid off when Verdú nodded home Steinhofer’s cross for his first goal in verdiblanco colores. Two minutes later Betis were in the lead when Chuli finished off a Paulao flick on at the back post with a good finish into the roof of the net.

Pepe Mel made 9 changes at half time: Guille Sara came on in goal for his debut; Chica, Jordi Figueras (debutee), Caro and Alex Martínez in defence; Matilla, Nono (DMF) and Salva Sevilla (AMF) in midfield; then Chuli stayed central, Juanfran on the right, Sergio Rodríguez on the left.

Within the first 6 minutes of the second half Betis were 4-1 up thanks to the unstoppable combination of Juanfran and Chuli. You could see Pepe Mel getting frustrated at the lack of fast ball from the goalkeeper and defence as he gesticulated and shouted towards new goalkeeper Sara. From a set piece Sara gathered and distributed accurately and rapidly to Juanfran on the

right wing who whipped in a cross which was finished by Chuli. Chuli’s hat-trick goal was much of the same. Lots of promise with that combination indeed. Huddersfield grabbed a goal back in the 52nd minute with Paterson looping one over Sara’s head but a comeback was never on the cards.

Nothing much more happened after that and the game petered out with Betis keeping possession in the centre of the park. It was a good run out for Betis who did look sharp at times and a bit rusty in others. Verdu looked tidy and direct in the first half. Nono looked tidy with the ball but he never looked too threatening in making a breakthrough. Jorge Molina looked a little tired and couldn’t get his rhythm during his first half.

No doubt the stars of the show were Juanfran and the taker home of the match ball, Chuli.

I also must mention the Béticos who made the journey over from Seville. The match day announcer told that 40 made the trip, which allowed me to try out some very rusty Spanish. Plus I could see around 10-20 non-Spanish Béticos. Huddersfield staff were very pleasant and helpful and the fans were also very friendly.

Mucho Betis, mucho Betis eh eh!

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Pepe Mel stalking the touchline in the second half

Betis on British Soil

Real Betis landed today in Manchester and to their new home for the time being in Mottram. A total of 26 players made the journey to help prepare Betis for the up and coming season. All 10 new signings also made the trip and mostly were paired up with each other for room share – the list below shows all the pairs (new signings in bold). Alvaro Vadillo would also be included but he is away on international duty with the Spanish u19 squad who are playing in their equivalent of the Euros.

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New verdiblanco: defender Jordi Figueras

Andersen-Steinhöfer
Guillermo Sara-Jordi Figueras 
Amaya-Nacho
Perquis-Nosa
Paulao-Salva Sevilla
Lolo Reyes-Cedrick
Matilla-Juan Carlos
Juanfran-Chuli
Jorge Molina-Rubén Castro
Caro-Javi Montoya
Carlos García-Nono
Álex Martínez-Sergio Rodríguez
Chica-Verdú

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Mottram Hall (courtesy of beticismo.net)

Great to see so many canteranos in the squad – Caro, Javi Montoya, Sergio Rodríguez, Alex Martínez and Carlos García. Very excited to see these get some playing time.

The hotel that Betis are staying in is an extremely grand hotel set out in the small village of Mottram St Andrew, which has around 600 habitants.

Have a look here on beticismo.net for further photos of the very posh hotel.

I haven’t really had time to name and comment upon all the new signings thus far as there has been so many, however, during the friendlies in England I will try to highlight their performances and see how they are settling in.

I also hope to get a few pictures as I will be travelling to Huddersfield tomorrow night (Weds 24th) and Bolton (Fri 26th) to watch los verdiblancos! Note that Betis will be in England until the 12th August – just 6 days before the kick off the campaign for real against Real Madrid.

The players have already had their first training session in very pleasant weather (if not a tad stuffy) and Béticos will be glad to know that Rubén Castro and Javi Matilla featured after picking up slight knocks last week, however Lolo Reyes is still injured. Have a look at the video below from Betis TV showing the players during this first session.

Betis on British Soil.

Real Betis landed today in Manchester and to their new home for the time being in Mottram. A total of 26 players made the journey to help prepare Betis for the up and coming season. All 10 new signings also made the trip and mostly were paired up with each other for room share – the list below shows all the pairs (new signings in bold). Alvaro Vadillo would also be included but he is away on international duty with the Spanish u19 squad who are playing in their equivalent of the Euros.

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New verdiblanco: defender Jordi Figueras

Andersen-Steinhöfer
Guillermo Sara-Jordi Figueras 
Amaya-Nacho
Perquis-Nosa
Paulao-Salva Sevilla
Lolo Reyes-Cedrick
Matilla-Juan Carlos
Juanfran-Chuli
Jorge Molina-Rubén Castro
Caro-Javi Montoya
Carlos García-Nono
Álex Martínez-Sergio Rodríguez
Chica-Verdú

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Mottram Hall (courtesy of beticismo.net)

Great to see so many canteranos in the squad – Caro, Javi Montoya, Sergio Rodríguez, Alex Martínez and Carlos García. Very excited to see these get some playing time.

The hotel that Betis are staying in is an extremely grand hotel set out in the small village of Mottram St Andrew, which has around 600 habitants.

Have a look here on beticismo.net for further photos of the very posh hotel.

I haven’t really had time to name and comment upon all the new signings thus far as there has been so many, however, during the friendlies in England I will try to highlight their performances and see how they are settling in.

I also hope to get a few pictures as I will be travelling to Huddersfield tomorrow night (Weds 24th) and Bolton (Fri 26th) to watch los verdiblancos! Note that Betis will be in England until the 12th August – just 6 days before the kick off the campaign for real against Real Madrid.

The players have already had their first training session in very pleasant weather (if not a tad stuffy) and Béticos will be glad to know that Rubén Castro and Javi Matilla featured after picking up slight knocks last week, however Lolo Reyes is still injured. Have a look at the video below from Betis TV showing the players during this first session.