Mel: ‘0-0 would be bad’

Pepe Mel has urged his Real Betis side to at least score in their first leg quarter-final against Atletico Madrid.

Away goals count in the Copa del Rey and, in travelling out to the capital to face Diego Simeone’s second place Atleti, Mel has urged his team to attack and take home an advantage.

“0-0 would be a bad result. The goal tomorrow must be that we win. Whatever we do, not scoring will be bad,” admitted the Coach ahead of the trip out to the Calderon, where Atleti have not conceded since October.

“So far this month has been very good for us. We have played and won three games. We are in the Copa del Rey and in the Champions League qualification places on merit.

“I cannot ask for more from a young group of players who are doing things to move forward, they are hungry to progress on the national and international stage.

“We want to continue for the rest of the season like this, so we have to continue working in the same way.”

Mel was asked of recent controversies in Spain surrounding refereeing and if he was concerned going into this week’s game at Atletico.

“I worry about the opponent, who are a great team. We cannot worry about the referee, we can do nothing.

“A Coach has to worry about where he can affect the work. We hope the referee does well and is correct in all of his decisions.

“We want to be an example of a serious club and do well, so we have nothing to say about the referees.”

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