Real Betis boss Quique Setien has heaped praise on Girona as the battle for European qualification hots up in La Liga.
The Catalan club have exceeded all expectations this season and they are still very much in with a chance of qualifying for the Europa League, however last week’s 5-0 thumping at the hands of Real Sociedad means they now sit three points outside the top six in eighth place.
Avoiding relegation was undoubtedly Pablo Machin’s main objective this season and having done that – his side can put their all into attempting the unlikely and being one of La Liga’s representatives in Europe next season.
Girona have found difficult of late and against Betis – they will come up against another tough opponent.
Betis themselves are looking at the realistic chance of qualifying for European competition and transformed their early season form into a more consistent string of results.
“They will attack us a lot and have several chances, they did that to us in the last game and they will make it complicated for us.
“They have every chance of qualifying for Europe and they are in a comfortable position. They have already achieved their goal this season and they do make me nervous, as we are afraid of losing what we have achieved.”
Setien’s side are in fifth place at present and look set to return to Europe after four years playing domestic football only.
And the talented coach has discussed the game in depth during his pre-match press conference.
Betis come into the game with a number of small issues, which include Francis Guerrero’s thigh problem and Antonio Sanabria, who has been called up to the squad but has a slight meniscus injury.
Defender Jordi Amat will definately miss the tie through suspension, meaning Mandi is likely to partner Bartra at the back.
Goalkeeper Antonio Adan (groin) and centre back Zouhair Feddal (achilles) are both out for the remainder of the season.