Real Betis had a disappointing last season that ended on a high note. They beat Real Madrid away, but their manager, Quique Setien, was sacked just hours later following a season full of losses and draws that left Betis looking like a bottom-of-the-table side.
The club’s owners were in no doubt that improvements had to be made, both on and off the pitch, if Real Betis Balompie were to take their rightful place challenging for the top end of the table and a place in European competition next season.
Real Betis Season Review So Far
Real Betis v Real Valladolid – Sunday 18/08/2019
Betis’ season began with a match at home to Valladolid, which should have been the perfect start to their campaign.
New manager Rubi had been backed in the transfer market, with a large transfer fund to work with thanks to the sale of goalkeeper Pau Lopez and a new shirt sponsor, easyMarkets. The club had identified and bought the pacey playmaker the side needed in Nabil Fekir: a €22 million signing from French side Olympique Lyonnaise. In spite of the investment, Real Betis managed to lose the match 2-1.
These early points lost at home to Real Valladolid could come back to haunt Betis and their manager Rubi at the end of the season.
Real Betis v Levante – Tuesday 24/09/2019
A month later, and Real Betis have experienced their share of ups and downs, but also some positive developments.
Suffering a 5-2 defeat away at Barcelona can break some sides but seems to have made Real Betis a stronger squad. It is not easy to score at Barcelona, and many top sides suffer a loss at Camp Nou, so two goals gave the squad something positive to take back home.
Their next game began with an early goal for Levante. Real Betis showed character and composure to get themselves level with nearly the last kick of the first half. Rubi’s team talk at the midway point did just what was needed. Betis came out and found the net immediately, and scored again to finish off a much needed 3-1 home win.
Villareal v Real Betis – Friday 27/09/2019
Consistency is the sign of a team that can climb a league table, and Betis had shown consistent growth and confidence in the run-up to an away match with Villareal. In the end, the result was a 5-1 loss for Betis, in a match that showed the side’s shortcomings when faced with organised opposition.
Villareal scored first, like Levante, but Betis had an answer for them immediately after the second half kick-off, just like their second strike on the previous Tuesday. It was Villareal’s composure and confidence that won this match, however, as they hammered the Betis defenders for a solid 20 minutes and got two more goals from their hard work. Betis capitulated twice again in injury time, gifting Villareal a 5-1 win.
The new-look Betis side showed lots of promise, and there is pace and talent within their ranks, but the squad needs time to gel and it doesn’t look like La Liga sides are going to give it to them.