TSA Scouting Book: Real Betis Balompié
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In the Spanish league, La Liga, there is a city with two teams having an amazing season, the city of Seville. In addition to Sevilla FC, another team has certainly surprised everyone, and we are talking about Manuel Pellegrini's team Real Betis Balompi . The verdiblancos have come from not exciting seasons, but since manager Manuel Pellegrini arrived last season, the Seville team now dreams big and the goal of the club and the fans' dream is to participate in the most prestigious tournament in Europe, the Champions League.

Pellegrini's Betis maintains a 4-3-3 formation that looks more like a 4-2-3-1 formation, in this module the Chilean coach uses two full-backs who have to run across the entire flank to continuously reach the opponent's field by beating deeply and ensuring an offensive external presence. Hector Bellerin on the right and Alex Moreno on the left, are the two full-backs that do this very expensive job and both are perfectly suited for this type of play.

The two central defenses accompanying the full-backs are Victor Ruiz, who arrived at zero parameter last season, and Pezzella who arrived from Fiorentina, both dividing the center-right position; and then at the center-left is a very important Marc Bartra who is the one who starts the initial play from behind, but also the young Edgar Gonzalez who little by little is gaining space in the starting team.

In his two-man midfield you can see the engine of the team, with the now immovable Guido Rodriguez, currently the best player in intercepted passes for Betis, as many as 113 intercepted passes, and at his side William Carvalho or Andres Guardado, who share the minutes accompanying the Argentine Rodriguez. These midfielders have all the ability to give continuity to the plays and, in turn, have a great defensive presence when the Betis team loses the ball.

Another hallmark of Pellegrini is to give the maximum possible prominence to his most creative players. At Betis, these players are Nabil Fekir, in the attacking midfield, and Sergio Canales, who from midfielder has moved on to play on the right-wing of the attack. The french Nabil Fekir and the Spanish Sergio Canales are certainly the players who shift the balance in the verdiblanco’s team, both are players who have a very high technical quality and know-how to endanger their opponents thanks to their inventive plays. Both are charged with the co-direction of the attack, although Canales will likely receive the ball deeper and often look to find Fekir. It is no coincidence that both players are very important to Pellegrini's game, together they have 17 overall goals and 17 assists.

Juanmi joins the offensive phase of the team, a finisher in the area starting from the left-wing. The 28-year-old Spaniard is in fact the main finalizer of Pellegrini's team with 16 goals and 2 assists in 33 games overall. While the central striker is alternated between Borja Iglesias and Willian José,  they are both attackers with similar characteristics, but above all with the ability to dominate the air game and protect the ball and play with back to goal. Both strikers alternate in the main formation, helping the team's offensive maneuver and above all to bring goals, both played almost the same number of minutes and brought together a total of 15 goals and 4 assists.

Overall, Real Betis Balompié is playing a season aware of its weapons, with a very high-pressure game when losing the ball and construction from below with speed of passing and defensive organization. The dream is to finish the season in the top 4, so as to secure a place for the next Champions League that is missing from the 2005/2006 season. With only 2 points from the fourth place of Atletico Madrid and with 11 games to play the verdiblancos fans are still hoping for a historic feat by Pellegrini's team.

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