Betis will play for first place in
Group G in the double confrontation against Bayer Leverkusen, but Manuel Pellegrini does not want distractions ahead of time. The coach has focused his preparation on the duel against Alaves, with that game-by-game message that gave such good results last year. For the coach, the best way to face the European duel is to win in Mendizorroza, which would also allow us to continue improving in the League.
After yesterday’s rest day, the Verdiblanco team will return to work today, although the South American internationals –German Pezzella and Guido Rodriguez with Argentina, and Claudio Bravo with Chile–, will still take another day to train with the group, so Pellegrini will not know until tomorrow if he can count on them for the duel in Vitoria.
All in all, the Chilean has maintained an aggressive rotation policy at the start of the championship to keep the entire squad in tension, to which he will now add players such as Canales, Victor Ruiz and Diego Lainez, which will increase the competition to enter at eleven.
“The most important thing is that we are focused on Alaves, if we think that the game against Leverkusen is more important, we are going to have a serious problem.Once we finish in Vitoria, we will try to get the three points at home against a good team like Leverkusen. One of the premises that I repeat to the campus every day is that we cannot get out of reality. This week we are going to prepare for the Alaves match. Once we finish, we will talk about Leverkusen”, assures the Verdiblanco coach, who even downplays next Thursday’s duel in Heliopolis against the Teutonic team: “In football, as long as the math works, you can lose a game and then win the next three. It is not a final, far from it, there are three important points.In addition, you can start first or second and then qualify. There are a lot of options and variables that don’t make it a priority until it’s really the next game.”
This handling of situations is being one of the keys to the good dynamics achieved by Pellegrini. The coach has managed to ensure that victories are experienced at the club as a normal process of a team that always goes out to compete, far from the euphoria that they have generated in more recent times. ” As a club we have been maturing in all aspects, in the institutional part and in the squad as well. We have been assimilating a series of concepts on the pitch and off the pitch. It’s a reality. In that we have been blunt and consistent in maintaining a line, “says the Chilean coach, who also manages those other extra-football concepts for the growth of the entity.
It won’t be easy for Betis in Vitoria either, against Alaves who have only added one win in the League, precisely in their last home game against Atletico de Madrid (1-0). However, thanks to Pellegrini, the Betico team did win last season, on the first day of the League, a memory that should reinforce that message from the coach to Mendizorroza.

Ortiz Arias, referee for the duel in Vitoria; Soto Grado, in the VAR
The Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) announced yesterday the appointments for the ninth day, in which Betis will visit Alaves in Mendizorroza on Monday. Said meeting will be led by Miguel Angel Ortiz Arias, from Madrid, debutant in the category and making his debut with the Verdiblancos. The controversy comes with the assistant from the VOR room, who will be the Toledo, although attached to the Riojan school, Cesar Soto Grado, the referee who whistled the last Betis-Espanyol that caused so many protests in Heliopolis. In the Verdiblanco club, they did not like the arbitration of Soto Grado, who expelled Pezzella after reviewing the entry on Aleix Vidal in the VAR, and who was also blamed for other issues such as a possible foul on Guido Rodriguez in the 0-1 or a hard tackle from Raul de Tomas on Camarasa. Although Pellegrini did not want to talk about the referee at the end of the match, at Betis they did show their disagreement with Soto Grado, despite the fact that last season, the referee directed the Betis-Granada match that ended in a Betico victory (2-1) for the day thirty-fifth, and 2-2 in Anoeta of the twentieth. For Ortiz Arias, on the other hand, it will be the fifth game in the highest category, after having directed Osasuna-Espanyol (0-0), Valencia-Alaves (3-0), Elche-Levante (1-1) and Mallorca-Osasuna (2-3).

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