Sevilla FC – Real Betis: Sevilla Ruthlessly Punish Betis’ Ineffectiveness In The Boxes (3-2)
In a spectacular Seville derby, Sevilla proved to be more ruthless and efficient than their crosstown rivals. In the first half, Sevilla dominated after reorganizing their midfield structure in the initial fifteen minutes. Betis responded in the second half, but Sevilla effectively punished this increased aggression and successfully defended their lead.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Perez.
Throughout the season, it has been very clear that Betis’ problems lie in the boxes. Their defenders are excellent in possession and pressing tasks, but they are somewhat naïve in defending their own box. On the other hand, Betis often have issues getting enough attackers into the opponent’s box and creating chances. Betis dominate possession as much as Real Madrid or Barcelona but lack the firepower to convert that possession into shots.
Against Sevilla, manager Quite Setién opted to use a 3-5-2 formation. Goalkeeper Pau López was supported by central defenders Aissa Mandi, Marc Bartra and Sidnei. In midfield, a trio of William Carvalho, Sergio Canales and Andrés Guardado played right behind Gio Lo Celso and Jesé Rodriguez. On the flanks were wingbacks Junior Firpo on the left and Emerson on the right.
Sevilla, despite their best attempts, have once again experienced a turbulent season. After a bad streak culminated in their elimination from the Europa League, manager Pablo Machín was sacked, with Joaquín Caparrós becoming caretaker manager. Sevilla then shifted to a more traditional counterattacking 4-4-2 setup with a lower defensive block. It might not be spectacular . . .