Real Betis de Pellegrini got into the round of 16 of the Europa League. He did it after beating Ludogorets Razgrad by the minimum account. This time it was dull. Even, in the words of the coach himself, they had a poor first half. Therefore, Claudio Bravo’s performance was decisive, keeping his goal at zero when things were uphill.
In this context, the Spanish press did not hesitate to highlight the performance of the Chilean goalkeeper in Bulgaria. “Ludogorets exposed their intentions from the first minute. With the electric Tekpetey influencing each space, constantly generated danger on the goal of Claudio Bravosavior in interventions of merit against Rick and Cauly ”, they wrote in the AS media, in their chronicle of the match.
“Almost idling, Betis only breathed with each intervention of the goalkeeper, again decisive against Igor Thiago”they added.
It is clear that Pellegrini’s men were not on the pitch. Even so, in the Sport newspaper they assured that the strategist had merits in the result. “Betis knew that one point was enough, but his coach was not willing for the team to have that mentality, ”they expressed. They immediately recognize that what is exposed is not what the Engineers are accustomed to, so they also enhance the figure of the archer. “Claudio Bravo saved the local goal on several occasions”, they highlight.
“The best news for the Verdiblancos is the fact that they reached half-time with no goals on the scoreboard. Claudio Bravo was the player who had to intervene the most in the ranks of the Manuel Pellegrini”, they add.
For its part, in Mundo Deportivo, they assert that the one trained in Colo Colo was the most outstanding of the Sevillian squad. “Neither in the middle of the Betic field nor the sides were able to stop the fast combinations of the Bulgarians, who approached the vicinity with great danger of Claudio Bravo who, in the end, was the best of his team and had to work hard to prevent the locals from gaining an advantage on the scoreboard, ”they wrote in their comment.
“The Chilean goal was very successful against shots from Nedyakhov (5′), Cauly (7′ and 15′) and Thiago (21′), while another frank shot from Tekpeley (29′) went off the post, and the clearest chance of all the Miranda aborted with a providential cross at the feet of Thiago (40 ‘), who had stood alone under the nose of the Betis goalkeeper after a fast counter”, they add.
In addition, they propose that Manuel Pellegrini “He didn’t like what he was seeing at all and at the break he made two changesgiving entry Alex Moreno and Fekir by Miranda and Paul “, highlighting the modifications of the DT.
From the city press, the praise also went to the goalkeeper. Diario de Sevilla, in their one on one, assured: “Bravo, at his age, he still throws himself down quickly and his arms are very strong. Two good stops like this”.
Also, in the general comment, they state that “Claudio Bravo, Édgar, Canales and Fekir formed the backbone of Betis in the second part to close the debate and secure the first place in their group in the Europa League”.