The Betis coach, Manuel Pellegrini, assessed the preview of the duel against Cádiz and highlighted how his team arrives at this event after the victory achieved against Almería: “I don’t classify Betis as big or as small. But there is a big crowd and we have a responsibility on the field. We have to show if we are big or small on the field. The important thing is to analyze it”.
He valued the moment of Cádiz: “They are a very complicated rival, it is also difficult to win as a visitor. They haven’t lost their last games, they will really want to win at home because they haven’t done it yet. It has good players and very different strikers. All games are complicated and this will be one more”.
Fekir: “Nabil is in the recovery stage, but he is not among those mentioned. We’ll see how he evolves and when he can come back.”
Channel Matches: “As the minutes go by, the risk is greater. We plan each game and analyze the team that should go out. The squad is there, we’ll see which team should come out”.
Aitor Ruibal moment: “He has been evolving with the games, he can play in different positions and the important thing is that he does it well. He has no problem playing in other positions and will continue to do so”.
Adaptation of Luiz Henrique: “Like everyone who comes from South America, he needs adaptation. But I see him on the right path to be a good player.”
Arrival of the World Cup: “I would love for all the players on the team to go to their national team. It is always an honor. Then we’ll see how many go and what conditions they are in to be competitive. You don’t have to get carried away by a World Cup. I wish all 25 were there. Wear? I don’t think that affects it, if a team takes a lot of players to the World Cup it’s because they’re very good. That’s a big club. Then they come back and have to compete in the team. I don’t think there are problems with the players who go to the World Cup”.
Juan Cruz’s debut: “We always try to work together with the Betis subsidiary. It’s up to the players whether they take the opportunity or not. Those friendlies during the World Cup can give opportunities to some of them. The other day Juan Cruz had a few minutes, but we need continuity and see how his development evolves”.
Ballon d’Or and best team: “There are many alternatives and many teams. I think Karim Benzema’s merit is undeniable. I was fortunate to arrive in Madrid that same year with him and he remains there. The prize is very well awarded”.