This summer had been very crowded for Real Betis Balompié, the Spanish club which had made drastic changes to the team, in order to raise the potential for better results during the 2019/2020 La Liga season.
Some of the moves had been controversial, fans had been disappointed by some major departures, but the bottom line is that Real Betis starts in a new format this season, with the potential to achieve greater performance in the domestic league as well as in the Copa del Rey.
Quique Setien out, Rubi in
The last round of the previous season saw Betis producing one of the greatest surprises, managing to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Despite finishing on the 10th place, supporters had been delighted, but the shocker came right after the game when Quique Setien had been sacked from his position.
Even though he managed to finish with Espanyol on the seventh spot and he could have tried to reach the UEFA Europa League group stages, Joan Rubi decided to join Real Betis for what may be one of his greatest challenges.
Offensive but with rigorous rules for the defensive side, Rubi has a style similar to Setien, but it’s his flexibility in the game that can produce unexpected results.
New players and a new sponsor
Given that Giovani Lo Celso and Junior Firpo left the club for Tottenham and FC Barcelona, respectively, some big gaps had to be filled. The main signing of the summer had been Nabil Fekir, the former captain of Lyon. Alfonso Pedraza, Emerson, Iglesias Borja, and other players had been brought to raise the quality of the team and end up potentially among the top 6 teams.
On August 16th, the club had announced its latest achievement, after signing a three-year deal with easymarkets.com, a popular and trusted online trading company. Estimated at €2 million per year, the deal will further secure financial stability for Betis, while also ensuring a broader exposure for a brand that already has 20 years of experience in the trading world.
We can say that improvements had taken place for Real Betis, but now expectations had grown bigger. Joan Rubi will need to show that his latest achievements had not been short-term and he’s able to drive the team back on top of the league. Exciting matches lie ahead in La Liga and Betis will be an important part of the show.