Under pressure Setien asking for Betis fans to remain calmSeptember 15, 2017
Real Betis boss Quique Setien has asked fans of the club to keep their patience after a relatively mixed start to the new season.
Having moved to the club this summer from Las Palmas, Setien joined a whole host of new arrivals including Cristian Tello, Sergio Leon, Ryad Boudebouz, Victor Camaraso, Zouhair Feddal, Andres Guardado, Javi Garcia, Antonio Barragan and Jordi Amat.
But, whilst many expected the Andalusian side to start well – they have stuttered, having lost to Barcelona on the opening day, Villarreal last weekend and sealing three points against Celta Vigo on matchday two.
Having brought with him to the club a possession based style of play, Setien was criticised for a mistake between Antonio Adan and Jordi Amat in the 3-1 defeat to Villarreal.
However, he has told fans of the club to have patience in his methods, telling Spanish daily AS:
“When I was hired I explained exactly what I wanted from this side – to bring a clear idea of playing and a style that can be enjoyed.
“Everything in this life requires a bit of time but here, if you win everybody is happy and if you lose next week there is a depression. I’m not going to change my philosophy on the basis of whether we win or lose – I will always keep my convictions.
“The important thing is to maintain calmness and stability. We have the opportunity to develop an idea and all we need is a little bit of time. There have been lots of different models and projects here in recent years and few people were happy with them in the end.”
Setien then said that all of his energy and efforts would be on pushing Betis to their limits this season.
“I don’t know what I’ll be capable of doing but I’m going to put all of my energy and enthusiasm into doing the best I can and to convince the players that they can play well and score 17-touch goals ( such as the goal against Villarreal).
“I’d love every Sunday to be like that but it’s not that simple.”
Betis face Deportivo at home this weekend – a side that have drawn one out of their three games, however, they have faced Real Madrid and unbeaten Real Sociedad.
Elsewhere in La Liga, previously mentioned Madrid and Sociedad go head-to-head, whilst Barcelona visit Getafe and the Valencian derby takes centre stage with Levante hosting an ever improving Valencia side.