Real Betis coach Lorenzo Serra Ferrer believes his side have plenty to play for as they complete their Champions League campaign against Anderlecht.
Although third place in the group and a UEFA Cup spot is guaranteed, Betis are not taking their final game lightly.
“I will make changes but that doesn’t mean we won’t be trying to beat Anderlecht,” said Serra Ferrer. “We cannot forget that we’re playing a Champions League match and have to do everything we can to maintain the positive image we’ve forged in this competition.”
Although they have matched expectations in Europe, Betis’ domestic foirm has been dreadful and they currently languish bottom of the league.
“We want a victory to give some joy to our fans because they deserve it,” said Serra Ferrer.
“We’re obviously upset about what has happened to us in the league as that’s been a big surprise to everybody. However, if we win against Anderlecht we will move to ten points – the highest total on which any team has previously been eliminated.”
Anderlecht in contrast, who have lost 12 in a row in the Champions League, are just a point behind Belgian league leaders Standard Liege.
Coach Frank Vercauteren is taking tonight’s game seriously even though his team have nothing but pride to play for.
“We are not here as tourists – we’re here to get our first victory,” said Vercauteren.
“I heard Betis put in their best performance of the season when they beat us 1-0 in Brussels, which shows we were a bit unlucky. We have the potential but sometimes we can’t put what we’re thinking into practice.”
“I plan to change the team with five or six who’ve not played this season as I want them to get experience of this competition. The only certainty is that Bart Goor will play.”
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