Sometimes football can be so romantic and beautiful. During the international break, Rayo Vallecano announced that Paco Jémez was going to return as the new head coach. In his first period in charge of the small club from Madrid, Jémez was capable of developing a style which was not only beautiful to watch but almost led them to Europa League qualification.
However, at the end of his spell, he was also responsible for the losing streak which led to relegation. Now Jémez has to save them from relegation. Against Real Betis, he made the first step.
That duel was a special one. Pep Guardiola once said that apart himself, only Michael Laudrup and Paco Jémez fully installed positional play. Quique Setién is kind of a successor of those two coaches and has also committed to the philosophy embossed by Johan Cruyff. Under Setién Real Betis play a beautiful style of football compared to last season when they were struggling to even score. The draw against Rayo doesn’t help them much in their fight for a European spot next season.
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