Pellegrini: “I’m glad Betis plays Atlético on an equal footing”


The Real Betis coach, Manuel Pellegrini, valued his team’s good game despite the defeat (1-0) this Sunday against Atlético de Madrid, playing “equal to equal” against a prestigious rival to show why They aspire to European positions.

“It was a highly contested game. I’m glad that Betis has the personality to come to play Atlético as equals. We both had chances and in the end that action decided it, with some degree of luck and the great definition of Correa. You have to think about the next rival rather than the end of the championship”, he said at a press conference after a direct duel for the Champions League.

The Chilean coach insisted on the evenness of the match and acknowledged his team’s lack of success in a good game in general terms. “You have to convert your chances against these teams. We had some clear ones, they too. Fortune fell to them in the final play,” he said.

“The team played a very good game. Going to win against teams bigger than us at the budget level would be a great victory, these are the points one needs to achieve things in the championship. The team played the same as in all fields, that is a step forward. That’s why we are fighting for European positions”, he concluded.