Setien feels European ‘obligation’

Real Betis Coach Quique Setien now admits he feels ‘an obligation’ for the club to qualify for the Europa League next season.

The Seville-based side are fifth in La Liga – with a top seven spot likely to qualify for Europe, a feat Betis have not achieved since 2013, for next season.

“Now we feel we have an obligation to enter Europe,” Setien told reporters, as cited by Estadio Deportivo.

“We are in a strong position with not long left in the season so clearly there is a real possibility we could make it.

“I am optimistic for our future matches but you must always be cautious and know that things could wrong at any time.

“Could we aim higher? We have had injuries at key times such as (Antonio) Sanabria, as he was going at a rate of 30 goals per seasons, and that would add many more points.

“I have dreams of what could be possible but we are in the reality right now and we must seek to establish it.

“Girona will be a difficult game and in spite of their defeat, they will not become discouraged, they have a fantastic work rate and a lot of quality.

“They have a chance to qualify for Europe but no obligation as they have already achieved their goals.”

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