Manuel Pellegrinitechnician of Betisvery positively valued the victory achieved by his team in Mestalla in front of Valencia (0-3) with which he not only recovers the path of victory after four consecutive days without winning and sees the door again, after having scored a single goal in the previous four days, but also places himself three points behind the zone Champions and put pressure on Atletico Madrid and to Seville.
A placid victory for Betis?
“I don’t really agree that it was a placid game. It’s true that we scored goals at the end, but during a large part of the match it was what we expected, where we can’t have defensive deconcentrations because Valencia is a very hard team to play, they defend a lot and he is always aware of some counterattack to be able to score. It was very important to score first, we managed it, and then they opened up in the last minutes and we were able to make a more expressive score, but it was a very disputed game, very close and with few chances “.
More clarity just when the Valencia tightened more
“Valencia had to risk a little more in the second half and left more space, we knew how to find them to score the first goal. If we did, we could close the game with some counterattack. But if they score, they are a rival that closes very close from his area and he’s very dangerous on the counterattack. Luckily we were very attentive defensively and now we’ve made the chances that in previous games, like against Barcelona and Elche especially, that we lost, we had and we couldn’t convert”.
A misleading result the 0-3?
“Yes, I don’t think it was the difference of three goals with Valencia. The last two goals were in the last three minutes, when of course losing 1-0 you have to take risks. It is true that Valencia didn’t create many scoring chances either We talked about it at half-time, that whoever scored first would win the game. Luckily we did it and then with Valencia a little more open we were able to achieve a more expressive score”.
and now what?
“Now to try to beat Granada. I said from the beginning of the championship that there was no established objective, we have to try to go game after game adding points and at the end of the season we see how much it gave us. I think it has been a season brilliant, we returned to play in Europe where we were eliminated in the 120th minute by the finalist team that later eliminated Barcelona and West Ham, we finished the Copa del Rey brilliantly by winning the final against Valencia and in the championship there are still two dates left We have a mathematical chance of playing for a place in the Champions League. So it’s been a very good year and now we’re on these two dates, what’s going on. We also know that as long as the math gives you, you have to believe and the best way to believe is to win. the two remaining games knowing that it is difficult for the other teams to lose points”.