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Valencia defeat hard to take, says Betis boss Setien

Valencia defeat hard to take, says Betis boss Setien

Speaking after Real Betis’ 2-0 away defeat to Valencia, head coach Quique Setien regretted the loss having made enough chances, yet believed his side were the main reason for their downfall.

Betis had only lost once in their last five games prior to kick-off but they struggled to finish the chances they created.

Nine chances in on goal, only four on target and in the end goals from Rodrigo Moreno and Simone Zaza were enough to give the home side the points.

After the game, Setien said that there was not much between the teams but on too many occasions his side’s final pass let them down.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult game.

“Valencia are a great team and they are demonstrating it, we finished the match very well and were in control, however, we lacked precision in the last pass.

“They were better and we lost fluidity and the goal came in. I do not know if we could have done something else in that play, until that moment we were fine.”

Los Verdiblancos went into the break a goal behind, yet Setien did not see the response he wanted and felt his side struggled to get a foothold in the game. He added,

“In the second half it was hard for us to get in.

“We were not precise, the reality is that they found the second goal, we gave them space and they had a chance, we scored a goal that could put us in the game. a decisive action, we were quite good, that would have given us wings to achieve at least, a draw.”

Defender Marc Batra had a goal disallowed in the second-half and Setien believed it should have stood.

“I thought it was a normal play in the field, I was told it was an absolutely legal goal, and I do not want to use it as an excuse, in general, Valencia was better.”

Next up for Betis is an away trip to Alaves which will be played on Monday and if they are to close the nine-point deficit on a Europa League spot, nothing but a win will do.

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