By CAPosts 22 January, 2021 - 12:44pm 80 views
"What Sergio has done is incredible." This is how they express themselves from the Betis physiotherapists, who have contemplated, day by day, the evolution of Sergio Canales since he broke with the Spanish team on November 17 against Germany. The footballer's effort, learned from painful experiences with very serious injuries, and his ambition caused him to return to the pitch more than a month earlier than planned.
Canales decided not to have surgery after his very strong fibrillar tear in the hamstring muscle, with tendon involvement. An injury similar to that suffered by the Barcelona player Dembélé. All forecasts estimated his return for February. Canales dodged obstacles and only missed six games. Of them, Betis lost three, drew one and won two. The first two matches without their contest resulted in two consecutive defeats (Athletic and Eibar). Betis was placed in 15th place two points behind relegation.
Canales returned playing 31 minutes in the duel against Levante on December 29. Betis lost (4-3), but the Cantabrian scored two goals. Since then, he has been a starter in the three league games played by Betis, with two wins (Huesca and Celta) and a draw (Sevilla). Against the people of Vigo he scored two goals. In addition, the midfielder played the Cup match against Sporting (0-2) and scored the same. He leads the scoring (6) and assists section in the League (4) of the Verdiblanco team. He has already scored more goals in this first round than in any of his career. In addition, he is one goal away from surpassing his best historical record of goals in a League (7 with Betis himself in 2019). The impact of his return is overwhelming.
“A team should not depend on a single player, but it is true that Sergio has returned with a great influence on our improvement due to his footballing ability and his goals. He is always looking for his best version with a huge sacrifice, with the intention of progressing ”, says Manuel Pellegrini, about his best man, to whom he also gives leadership in the team. “He conveys to his teammates the need for this club to fight for Europe and for Betis to progress. That shows their leadership ability in the dressing room, ”adds the Chilean coach.
From flirting with relegation, Betis has moved to eighth place, four points from sixth, occupied by Real Sociedad, which it visits this Saturday (18.30, Movistar LaLiga). All thanks to a January in which he has had his best start to a calendar year since 1998 (a draw and four wins in a row, two in the Copa del Rey and two in LaLiga). In addition, he is classified for the eighth of the Cup, where he will face Real Sociedad at home. "We are on the right track, although we could have gotten three or four more points in this first round," clarified Antonio Cordón, sports director, summarizing what Betis did in the first round. "Pellegrini is a coach who makes the players grow," added the executive.
At the club it is understood that the coach and the footballers knew how to conjure up after the bad streak of October and November and the strong impact of the coronavirus on Template. Pellegrini, forced by adverse circumstances, was forced to do without footballers such as Bartra, William Carvalho, Tello, Joaquín, Guardado or Álex Moreno. The Chilean bet on players such as Víctor Ruiz, Miranda, Paul, Rodri, Lainez, Aitor Ruibal or Loren, who have brought freshness and another way of playing. This Betis has not had any problem playing more withdrawn and going on the counter attack with the entry of these new players, many of them homegrown, such as Paul, Rodri, Aitor Ruibal or Loren. "We were somewhat irregular in the first half and we want to improve our performance in the second," clarifies Pellegrini, aware of the great importance of this afternoon's match against Real. "With the barrage of casualties we had before the derby, the team pulled from the heart and that spirit still remains," they conclude from the Verdiblanco club.
Betis recovers William Carvalho and Paul for the duel against Real Sociedad, while Pellegrini will not be able to count on Guido Rodríguez and Aitor Ruibal. Both join the injured Bravo, Dani Martín, Bartra and Camarasa.