Real Betis – SD Eibar: Eibar Roll On As Betis’ Bad Luck Continues (1-1)
An encounter defined by pressing shapes from one side and buildup techniques from the other did not result in the extremes of an absolute stalemate or a high-scoring affair. Instead, Betis’ ability to break down their opponent’s press was what made them the superior outfit, even if the scoreline does not suggest the same.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
After four unbeaten games, last week’s 5-1 drubbing at Villarreal was the very last thing Rubi would have wanted, in spite of the harsh scoreline. Despite the big loss, the manager clearly felt he saw enough promise in the attacking qualities of the starting eleven he selected, because he named almost the exact same lineup for this clash with Eibar. A 4-4-2 setup once again, with Andrés Guardado replacing William Carvalho as part of the central midfield pairing alongside Sergio Canales.
Following no wins in their opening five league games, José Luis Mendilibar was finding himself ramping up a smidgen of pressure, but their remarkable comeback from two goals down to Betis’ city rivals, Sevilla, has so far given them a much-needed boost. They then went on to beat Celta de Vigo and sneaked into the top half of the table in no time at all. As one can imagine, Mendilibar was not keen to make too many changes. The only swaps there were came in the form of Pape Diop for Sergio Álvarez at the very center of their 4-3-3 system . . .