TOn the day of rest granted by Quique Setin to his players, the first verdiblanca team returns tomorrow to the training sessions with aDouble session in the morning and afternoon with which to start the new year. A 2019 full of exciting challenges at both the sporting and institutional levels.
The good performance of the team in LaLiga, located in European positions when there are only two days remaining to reach the half of the championship, together with the good performance offered in the group stage of the Europa League and in the first round coperainvites to dream a beticismo every day more identified with its players and its technical body.
Repeat thequalification for the continental competitions at the end of the course is the main objective of Betisfor these next six months of competition. Being recurrent in Europe is one of the keys for the club to achieve the desired economic growth that allows it to be assiduously among the best of Spanish football.
The Europa League is where Setin and his players have their eyes on, but without giving up much less to fight for fourth place in the league,that will allow Betis to return to the Champions League almost fifteen years laterfrom its first and to date only presence in the maximum continental commitment.
With 26 points in his locker, the Verdiblancos are only three of the last place that gives access to the Champions, which occupies Real Madrid -with a game less-. But bypassing the team of Solari, Barcelona and Attico, the three giants of the competition to whom at least in theory it seems difficult to unseat the noble zone of the classification,Betis dreams of competing for that fourth place.
Sevilla, third with 32 points, Alavs, fifth with 28 and great revelation in this first half of the championship, or Valencia, eighth with 22 points and in full comeback,they seem to be the three great rivals of Setin's team for that privileged position, with clubs like Real Sociedad, Espanyol, Athletic and Villarreal getting farther and farther away from the fight.
Take part in the first continental competition, due to the large income received by participating clubs,will allow Betis to take a huge leap at an economic level equaling and exceeding the budget of close to 130 millionof euros that has this year without the need to sell to any of its stars next summer.
Without Champions, and although it repeats in the Europa League,being able to maintain this level of income will entail making some important transfer, like Fabin's last summer. A situation that does not scare at all the club verdiblanco, where confidence in the work of the Sports Direction, with Serra Ferrer at the helm, is absolute. Selling expensive and signing up well is another key to growth.
But beyond this corporate goal in terms of income or the challenges of the other sections, such as the return to the ACB of the first basketball team, the2019 is the year with which Betis dreams of being able to fight again for a title. The Copa del Rey, which concentrates in January and early February its eliminatory, be the first challenge. And then, the Europa League.
In the competition of K.O. Those of Setin will face the Real Sociedad in the eighth finals, the next two weeks.Overcoming the crossing and getting into the quarterfinals for the first time in six years is the next goal for the green and white. And from there, already among the best eight of the competition, dream of returning to a semifinal 14 years later.
In the Europa League, paired with the Stade Rennais, the Betis look for ago to the second round that allows you to match your best result to date in the competition. And from there, look for a historic qualification for quarters that has resisted the four previous times that managed to get between the 16 best teams in the competition.