The absence of Guido Rodríguez this Sunday in Elche was something very well known in Betis from the moment in which Mateu Lahoz sent him off in the derby. An absence of weight for Pellegrini, since the Argentine He is the fourth footballer of the Verdiblanca squad who accumulates the most minutes so far this season. However, the numbers indicate that the Chilean technician has always known how to supply it with guarantees.
And it is that Betis has not lost any of the seven games in which Guido Rodríguez has not played since Pellegrini sits on the local Villamarín bench. The balance, between the League and the Copa del Rey, is four wins and three draws in the duels that the Argentine has lost due to injury, sanction or technical decision.
This season, Guido only missed the first two days, in which Betis reaped two draws against Mallorca and Cádiz. Last season, Betis He won in the League against Huesca and Osasuna and drew with Real Sociedad, in addition to winning in the Copa del Rey against Sporting and Real Sociedad. And in none of those parties was Guido Rodríguez.
Against Elche it will be the eighth time that Pellegrini will have to rebuild the midfield without his reference pivot. So far, his success has been more than remarkable.