Pellegrini: “It has merit to be classified already”

Manuel Pellegrini, Betis coach, valued his team’s draw against Roma and the fact that they are already qualified for the next phase of the Europa League: “I’m happy about qualifying, but there are two games left to be first. Taking four points from Roma is very good, they are from pot 1 and we are from pot 3. They have been greatly strengthened. It has merit to be classified already”.

The match. “We were better in Rome and I think in the first half this time too. The second half was more even, maybe being tied made us more cautious, but they didn’t put us in too much danger by removing that goal that validated the VAR”.

Rotations. “I am proud of the group we are managing, for the ambition and team spirit. I do not share the titularísimos or not. We played the first three LaLiga games with five fewer players because they weren’t registered. There are 25 players doomed to fight in the three competitions we have”.

Channels always play. “We always evaluate the recovery of the players with the doctors and the trainers. Fekir is injured and Sergio has to play more. But I don’t think he’s being overly burdened.”

Betis limit. “The limits are conditioned in individual and collective actions. I think the mental strain of getting into competitive mode is more difficult than the physical part. Now we think against Almería. The important thing is to add now in LaLiga since we are classified in the Europa League”.