Quique Setien has revealed his delight after Real Betis beat Girona on Friday night 1-0.
Setien’s side were extremely inconsistent at the start of the season, shipping in more goals then they scored.
But a turn around in form and the arrival of Marc Bartra from Borussia Dortmund has seen the Andalusian side’ fortunes change.
Prior to the game against Girona on Friday evening, Betis were in good form, having won four of their last four games – results which saw them move to the forefront of the potential Europa League sides representing La Liga next season.
Loren Moron’s goal proved enough to beat Pablo Machin’s side in what was a comfortable performance for Betis, despite the hosts having three goals ruled out for offside.
It is now five consecutive wins for Setien’s men, which include four clean sheets in those games.
Sitting fifth in the league standings and four points ahead of Villarreal – a win against Las Palmas in midweek could see them all-but confirmed to be in European competition next season.
“All the players are really focused, in a great moment and playing really well at many moments. It doesn’t matter who plays. Everybody is on, ” Setien told reporters.
“The truth is that it’s a huge satisfaction to see the players the way they were today. When they had to play, they did. When they had to suffer and defend, they also did really well. We have reached the end of the season in great shape.
“We feel really confident. Todat we beat a rival that is extremely hard. We defended really well in set plays. Girona has scored 15 goals in free-kicks and corner-kicks. It’s true that we had some problems with certain crosses. In general, I’m really satisfied with the work done because we are taking steps in every sense.
“We are understanding many concepts. Specially, I outstand the satisfaction of facing this stage of the season this way. As a manager, it’s a huge pride to see what these players do.”
For Friday night’s opponents Girona, who felt aggrieved to have three disallowed goals – will celebrate their season but with the defeat – look to have just missed out on qualifying for Europe.