‘Betis completely united’

Real Betis sporting director Eduardo Macia dismisses rumours of a disagreement with Coach Pepe Mel. ‘We are completely united.’

Betis have accrued 15 points from their first 12 games in their return to La Liga but Marca notes there’s a lack of good feelings around Benito Villamarin, a topic addressed by Macia.

“We are completely united. There is no fracture and the Coach is fully integrated. There is no internal fracture,” he said, rejecting speculation of a separation from Mel.

“There may be a difference of opinion but that doesn’t reflect the inner reality of the club. We work, we try to improve things. We have this alleged fracture that appears in the Press.

“We’re always looking for what is best for Betis, trying to correct mistakes, listening to all the voices.”

Macia touched on discontent from the fans, suggesting that any unhappiness is borne out of a desire to help the team succeed.

“It’s clear that sometimes an isolated event gives the impression of a much larger event,” he argued.

“At some stages of the match the fans try to push the team. I didn’t see tension, but the feeling is different from the stands.

“The behaviour of the fans has been quite exemplary and they recognise when an opponent is superior.”

Macia handles the Betis transfers but declined to assess his summer signings or offer too much information regarding January business.

“We’re not even through a third of the season and there are players not contributing yet who have a lot to offer, both new players and those already with us,” he noted.

“The winter is a tough market. If we find someone who can make a contribution we’ll go for him, but there must be something very concrete to improve. If we don’t, we don’t plan on anyone.”

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