Betis have six straight draws in LaLiga for the first time in their history and give up sixth place
Insiste Manuel Pellegrini when you can’t win, it’s good not to lose. But when that not losing is translated into six consecutive draws, in the middle of a fight for Europe, the situation is no longer seen in the same way … Because the green and whites have gradually squandered the advantage they had achieved in the table and no longer depend on themselves to get into the Europa League.
The Conference league, which at the beginning of the course was presented as one of the possible objectives to be achieved, it seems at this point a prize too little for a team that with an extraordinary start of 2021 had put its return to continental competitions on track and was even fighting to be fifth. He still has time to do it, no doubt, but he has missed too many opportunities in a row to deliver an authority blow in The league.
The first, on his visit to Martinez Valero, where this worrying series of consecutive draws started. And while it is true that scratching a point in front of the Atlético de Madrid, leader of The league, in front of Athletic club, after playing 80 minutes with one less, or when visiting the Real Madrid can be qualified as positive, it was not so much to let a poor man escape ‘alive’ Valencia of Benito Villamarin or not to sentence yesterday when the game against him could Valladolid in the Jose Zorrilla.
15 years ago that no team linked six consecutive days in The league tying. The last to do so was the Spanish from Valverde, in November 2006. Six points out of 18 possible that have allowed the Villarreal recover the sixth place, after his victory yesterday against the Getafe, and have opened the door for teams like Celtic, Athletic club and above all, grenade, the next rival of the Verdiblancos in the Benito Villamarin, still dream of reaching the seventh position.
Luckily for those of Pellegrini, The team of Diego Martinez could not make good yesterday his victory last Thursday in the Camp Nou and lost in his stadium in front of Cadiz. Three points that fly for the Nasrid team and that give a certain margin to the Betis to stay in the top seven no matter what happens next day.
Two unnecessary cards
In that game next Monday against grenade, to top, Pellegrini will not be able to count on two of its pillars: the Franco-Algerian central Aïssa Mandi and the french playmaker Nabil Fekir. Both saw their fifth yellow card of the season in added time of yesterday’s match, for protesting and quickly taking a foul without permission from the referee, respectively. Two ridiculous actions with great significance.
The good news for the Verdiblancos in Pucela It was the performance of Aitor Ruibal, who added his second goal of the season to his usual energy in each action. The Catalan, indisputable for his dedication on the grass, but almost always wrong in making decisions in the final meters, was able to retaliate with a good goal that at least allowed his team to add a point and extend their margin over the eighth classified.