Pellegrini: “We were always competitive”

Manuel Pellegrini He was very satisfied with his debut on the Betic bench with the victory achieved in Mendizorroza against the Alaves: “The sensations that remain are good. The first thing is to win and we try to the end, but without neglecting behind. We were always competitive. We had two shots at the post, dangerous approaches and we looked for the victory until the last moment, while they only had one chance in Claudio's save at the beginning of the second half, ”explained the Betic coach after the game.

Pellegrini especially valued the zero in the goal, the great workhorse of the Betis the last seasons, in which he conceded many goals: “A clean sheet is always important. These games against such strong defensive teams you have to be very focused on the defensive function. Bartra, Claudio, Aissa and Guido had no distractionss. That makes it possible to find the spaces above and luckily in the last play Tello was able to convert it ”.

Pellegrini he was questioned by his compatriot Claudio
Bravo, author of a key stop at the beginning of the second part. “Claudio Bravo He has a career behind him, he has won two America's Cups and a number of titles, he has played in very great teams. He came to transmit that experience, that winning mentality and has a great game with his feet that solves many problems for us because we are a team that we want to play, ”said the Chilean.

The Uruguayan coach also addressed the issue of the changes, which this time were positive, as both Ruibal and Lainez and Tello were decisive in the play of the winning goal. “Changes, when they happen, are very easy to attribute them to you as a coach. But they all got in very well. The last play we did quickly because we wanted to win ”, indicated the Betic coach.