Hello and welcome back to my blog! I have now reached the end of my first season in charge of Real Betis and There are many stories to tell you. Without further adue, allow me to take you through what happened.

Pre Season

It was a mixed pre season as the players adjusted to a new style of play like I outlined in my introductory post. 3 wins from our five friendly fixtures which included a testimonial for Espanyol’s Javi Lopez who was a graduate of the Betis youth academy.

Sergio Léon and Giovanni Lo Celso led the preseason scoring charts

2018/19 results

a mixed bag of results with good performances against some of the bigger sides in the league and losses to lessers like levante

A superb start to our domestic campaign as Sergio Leon led us in a victory at home to Atletic Bilbao but we could not sustain the form. A 6-0 hammering from Levante along with a Spanish Cup 4th Rd exit to Second tier Extramadura on away goals were obvious low lights in the opening half of the season.

We did manage to shine in europe with a 100% win record in a group of Trnava, Basel and Krasnodar.

a perfect european group campaign!
four wins from 5 in April wasn’t enough to see us push up the table

Inconsistency was our fault again after the Christmas Break as we flitted between the sublime and the ridiculous. It wasn’t to be in Europe either as Red Bull Leipzig of Germany secured a victory in the second league at our own stamping ground.

no european travels in season 2

The final league table presents us in a disappointing position, all in all i just couldn’t get the tactic playing the way I expected it to in the ME. Maybe a rethink of our formation is needed for a better second season.

Giovanni Lo Celso had a well known buy out clause in his loan from Paris SG but it was unfortunately beyond our financial reach. The good news is that we’ve managed to secure him on loan for a second season with another £27,000,000 buy out agreement.

a second chance for the argie magician

Only four of the team managed a average rating of more than 7 – Sidnei, Junior Firpo, Sergio Canales, Sergio Leon. Sergio Leon led the way on goals with a massive 23 in 48 games and he was ably assisted by Junior Firpo who set up 9 in his 45 games played. Pau Lopez kept a surprising 20 clean sheets this season despite our problems. These five players along with Lo Celso should be the spine of our team next season.

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