Beto: Warm heart, cool mind

Beto has enthused at what a victory in the Seville derby could mean for Sevilla, but says the players will look to keep a cool head against Real Betis.

Los Nervionenses this weekend host their city rivals at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan nine places above them in the table.

After achieving qualification to the World Cup with Portugal this international break as an unused substitute, their 31-year-old goalkeeper is enthusiastic for the challenge that awaits on Sunday night.

“I am very happy to have qualified for the World Cup. And I really want to be with my team and for Sunday to come and to be on top form,” Beto has told reporters today.

“It will be a very nice match. For my years in the game at this level it is just one more League fixture, but obviously it is different and special.

“It goes beyond just the football. It is a revalidation of the city. It is a game that we must overcome and we have to try to improve ourselves. We have a responsibility to give everything to achieve the objective.

“The derby has many ingredients. For us it is very important to get two wins in a row after winning away at Espanyol [in Week 13].

“The meaning of the derby is there when you go out on the street, you go anywhere, you feel the motivation of the fans when the derby comes, but we have to disconnect from that emotion and go out there and give it our all.

“With a warm heart and a cool head. Beyond the table this game is different. The stakes are considerable – the history, rivalry, motivation. For us, the positions of each team in the table means nothing.”

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