The 2016-2017 season started with great enthusiasm for Betis after the arrival of Miguel Torrecilla, new director of football with a remarkable career in Salamanca and Celta. However, the summer transfer market proved to be somehow irregular, with Betis signing players that seemed great whereas incorporating others not so promising. In addition, Gustavo Poyet was appointed as head coach. The Uruguayan generated uncertainty from the beginning — he never connected with the fans, and had no one backing him when results turned against him.
Víctor Sánchez del Amo, who previously had shown character and tactical wealth at Deportivo Coruña, was appointed as head coach looking for a change of direction. Despite some very promising decisions, such as giving minutes and importance to Dani Ceballos, both the results and image of the team remain lousy. The sound defeat against Granada has just triggered the alarms of a team approaching the relegation places as we move on in La Liga— the verdiblancos hold a social support and a budget that certainly ask for a much better display.
We have compared both coaches with the help of StrataData:
In the image above we observe how the numbers of Gustavo Poyet and Víctor Sánchez are quite similar. The differences appear in the defensive measures — Betis with Víctor receive fewer shots and significantly improve the defensive pressure of the team, a measure that incorporates StrataData in his reports to show how much pressure the shooter is under. On the other hand, with Poyet the shots against came from a little farther, an aspect which decreases the probability of a goal.
We feel a certain defensive improvement is shown under Víctor Sánchez. However, it should be noted that, despite having played the same number of games, Betis have played seven games as a local since Gustavo Poyet was sacked. In any case, there is still much room for improvement.
Fernando Campelo (@niibets)
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