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Betis – Sevilla: The best Fekir: higher and more shots | sports

“I want to play the Champions League with Betis. I am happy here.” The words of Nabil Fekir (Lyon, France; 28 years old) occurred last Wednesday, just after his renewal with Betis until 2026 became official. A staging planned by the Verdiblanco team in the run-up to the derby against Sevilla in round of 16 of the Cup (this Saturday, 9:30 p.m., Tele 5), the first to be held in a single match, at the Benito Villamarín. Fekir has become the main resource of the Verdiblancos to face the official derby number 136 between the two great rivals of the city. A derby in the heights that arrives with Betis in third place in the League and Sevilla becoming the only team capable of following in the wake of Madrid in second position.

Fekir is in his third season at Betis, the club he joined from Lyon in the summer of 2019 and in exchange for 20 million euros. Since then, the striker has always left signs of the quality that made him world champion with France in 2018 in Russia. In his third year, however, the improvement in his numbers shoot him up to a performance that is essential in this Betis de Pellegrini, on the podium of the league table, in the second round of the Cup and in the round of 32 of the Europa League, where will face Zenit next month. The first aspect in which Fekir has progressed is the most decisive, the goals scored.

The Frenchman has six goals this season with 23 games played, 22 starting. Last season, in which he played 38, he added five. Two years ago, with 33 games, he scored seven. With half the season to play, Fekir is likely to beat his goalscoring record at Betis. “I have to score more goals. It is one of my pending subjects”, commented the striker to the official media of the club. Fekir, in addition, has already made 30 shots on goal this season, two more than the 28 made in all of last year.

The coaching staff led by Manuel Pellegrini has been working with Fekir to improve his performance in attack. In the first place, making him play much closer to the rival area and preventing the striker from going into his own field to get the ball. That tendency caused Fekir to have to drive the ball a lot from behind. The rivals stopped him with fouls and when he avoided them he arrived very tired. In addition, Pellegrini has placed him in many games as a second striker, largely freeing him from defensive work, which is usually started by the other striker, whether it be Willian José or Borja Iglesias. Fekir has considerably improved his percentage of success on goal, which stands at 9.38% this season compared to 5.62 the previous one and 6.73 the first at Betis.

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Fekir’s best goalscoring campaign took place at Lyon, in the 2017-18 season, when he reached 23 goals in all competitions played by the French club. This season he has scored four goals in the League, one in the Europa League and another in the Copa del Rey.

Fekir’s termination clause has been estimated at 100 million euros. At Betis they are confident that this best version of the footballer will allow him to go far in the Cup and the Europa League. Fekir is the player with the most minutes of the entire squad (1,869) in a total of 23 appearances.

In front of Fekir, a Sevilla is deployed that arrives at the game with many casualties and with the threat of new cases of coronavirus among the components of its squad. In any case, the team led by Julen Lopetegui is a real rock. It is the team with the fewest goals in the five major European leagues and is only matched by City in this section with 13 goals against. Of course, Pep Guardiola’s men have played one more league game, 21 for 20 for the Andalusians, who have kept a clean sheet in 15 of the 29 games played this season. Sevilla reached the semifinals of the Cup in the last edition, falling to Barcelona with a late goal from Piqué.

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Cammile Bussière

One of the most important things for me as a press writer is the technical news that changes our world day by day, so I write in this area of technology across many sites and I am.

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