Joaquin Caparros says he is looking forward to facing Real Betis with Levante and awaits the reception for Los Beticos’ fans.
The 58-year-old is notable for his past as Coach of Sevilla and so returns to the city to face their rivals Betis this Thursday evening anticipating a particular welcome from the fans.
“Playing against Betis is something special if you are born in Seville and whether or not you like football, when you are someone of Seville, be that lawyer, doctor of just someone who likes the game,” current Levante boss Caparros mused this week.
“Betis have a great fanbase and are a centenary club and it does not detract that we have that banter between [the fans and I].
“People who have not experienced that situation may be shocked, but it is always within sporting channels. I have very good friends and family that are Betis fans.
“Are Levante favourites this week for Betis’ struggles? Pepe Mel is a Coach who has had a terrible time with Betis and is now in Europe with them, they have had very complicated seasons and have been growing and I know of the passion for football that is there.
“Levante are very equal with most teams and therefore the points tally or position in the table does not matter, what does is that we approach the game with maximum intensity.
“We have to forget everything that has come before.”