Former Barça player Cristian Tello is a consummate specialist in deciding matches in the final minutes, almost always entering the final stages of refreshment, as he did again this Sunday in Mendizorroza when he scored the 0-1 victory for Real Betis right at the 94 ', the latest goal in Betis history to win an away game, according to @ 2010MisterChip, beating Sanabria's 0-1 at the Bernabéu on September 20, 2017, achieved at 93'19 ”.
Tello's goal in Vitoria is the eleventh in the League that the Catalan winger has achieved with the Verdiblanca elastic (he made three more in the Cup – two against Cádiz and one against Antoniano from penalties – and another in the Europa League, against Dudelange) and curiously nine Of those eleven goals, 82% of the total, he has achieved them from the eighty minute onwards, which is when the contribution of the former Barça player grows exponentially. Cristian Tello, born in August 1991 in Sabadell, is in this sense an 'eighties' scorer who has just made his second foray into the great successes of the 'nineties', since in his career he had already scored quite a few goals, both in the Barça as in Porto, from 80 ', but only did one after 94', in February 2017 with Fiorentina, who beat Pescara 1-2 with his double (68 'and 95').
Perform much more from the bench
Tello's performance is also infinitely superior when he enters from the bench to revolutionize the game than when he starts. With Betis he has scored 3 goals in the 2,379 minutes of the league he has played in his 34 starting games (one goal every 959 minutes), while as a substitute he has scored 8 goals in the 1,171 minutes played in 54 games, which gives an average of one goal every 146 ', almost seven times less than when he started playing.
Tello already scored on March 8 – just before the break – the winning goal against Real Madrid in 82 '- he had replaced Joaquín in 65' – and also made it 2-1 for Betis against Granada on June 15 at minute 87 – again he replaced Joaquín, at 60 '- although this time Soldado watered the party of the comeback – Canales had equalized in 85' – by scoring 2-2 in discount.
Those were Tello's last two goals last season, in which he only played 5 starting games in the League -of 27- with Rubi, only one complete (784 ’in total). With Setién he scored 4 league goals each year, in the first he played 32 games (16 as a starter, 9 completes, 1,688 ’) and in the second 29 games (13 as a starter, 12 completes and 1,570’).
Tello's first goal with Real Betis' elastic was scored in the 83rd minute and it was 3-4 at Villamarín in a crazy game against Valencia that would end 3-6, in October 2017. Then he made it 2-2 against Girona in 89 'and 3-5 against Sevilla in Sánchez-Pizjuán, also in 89', undoubtedly his most memorable goal of all. The next day he made it 1-0 of the 3-2 final against Leganés, the only one of those games that he played as a starter, since in the rest he entered as a substitute.
In his second year as Betic under Setién he scored his first goal in the Europa League against Dudelange (88 '), then sealed the 1-3 victory in Cornellá against Espanyol with a great direct free kick in the 86'- he had replaced Junior in 40 '- and in 81' and 82 'he also scored against Rayo (that day he started) and Sevilla (substitute). His only early goal was 1-0 against Girona on January 20, 2019, the second in a first half with Betis. The remaining nine, always from eighty. And the last one in 94 '.