Girona – Real Betis: Betis dominate Girona to claim important away win (0-1)
At last, a goal for Loren Morón helped Real Betis seal a truly dominant win over Girona at the Montilivi. Quique Setién’s tactical changes paid dividends once again as he masterminded a win over Eusebio Sacristán’s men.
Girona fielded three changes from the eleven that started in their 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday. One Manchester City loanee was swapped out for another as Aleix García dropped to the bench with Douglas Luiz taking up a starting position. Borja García also stepped into the midfield ahead of Pere Pons. And, at the back, Marc Muniesa was left out at the expense of the talented young wingback, Pedro Porro.
Betis also claimed a 2-2 draw on Sunday, but in a slightly less impressive fashion, dropping points at home to Athletic Club. A complete change in attack was made ahead of tonight’s fixture: Takashi Inui, Loren Morón and Ryad Boudebouz were all given the green light to lead the line with Sergio Canales dropping deeper to pivot with Andrés Guardado.
General movements when Betis was in possession. Ball displayed at feet of centerback Mandi
Battle of the press
Both Girona and Betis made it clear from the opening minute that they each wanted to be aggressive, and force the issue when they were without the ball. One, however, was more successful at both applying and dealing with the high levels of pressure.
Immediately, you could see the difference between the two. Whilst Girona were happy to pump balls long when they were forced back to goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, Betis juxtaposed this with patience, control and calmness in possession.
Though each side was able to press man-for-man . . .