The La Liga match between Betis and Alaves was an intriguing prospect. Although the former are not where they’d like to be in the table, they are implementing a very interesting football philosophy. Alaves, meanwhile, are one of the surprises of the season as they fight for European qualification.
The tactical analysis of the game shows an unfortunate draw, especially for Betis, who showed the intent to grab all three points throughout the whole game. Alaves showed some glimpses of football but after managing to equalise, they focused on holding onto their point. Defensively they performed accordingly and accomplished their objective.
First half: Betis superiority overshadowed by inspired Maripan
Betis started the game with a 3-4-3 setup in line with the style that Quique Setien has been coaching into his team. They employed wide players in attack, constant use of both wings and careful but effective elaboration through possession.
Meanwhile, Alaves started with a 4-5-1 with the clear objective of populating the middle of the pitch to cut the build-up creativity of Betis, while using Jonathan Calleri as a pivotal player when attacking.
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