Sergio Cueto

La Liga, March 16 2018

Real Betis 3
  • Junior (34)
  • Boudebouz (56)
  • Francis (69)
Espanyol 0

In March 2018 Real Betis and their then-manager Quique Setién hosted divisional rivals Espanyol and Quique Sánchez Flores at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, requiring victory to maintain their pursuit of qualification for the Europa League. After one victory, one draw and one defeat in their previous three fixtures, they were also seeking to build much-needed momentum as the 2017/18 Liga season entered its defining period.

They had already developed a reputation as a free-scoring team, but one that was also vulnerable in defence. Resisting the potential distractions of the floodlights twice cutting out and the sprinklers turning on mid-match, they instead produced a composed and disciplined performance to ease to a one-sided victory

That victory arguably proved the catalyst for them eventually securing that qualification via a sixth-placed finish; four successive wins were to follow. Here, in this exclusive feature with The Coaches’ Voice, Barcelona’s new manager revisits the approach that inspired one of their finest performances during his time in Seville.

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