It’ll be Los Reyes Magos time on Saturday when Real Betis make the 3km trip across town to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to take on the eternal rivals. The Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day, is a day when Spanish children exchange their Christmas gifts, and los verdiblancos fans will be hoping for the greatest gift of all…no, not frankincense, myrrh or gold, but a big fat three points.
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.