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Overview:
There is no doubt that Betis are traditionally a quality team, with skilful individuals, crazy fans and good coaches. But they are struggling recently for various reasons. Last year they took a place in Champions League and almost got relegated. They weren't focused on La Liga and almost paid the price. But considering their roster and ability, they gave the impression it was impossible to get relegated. Betis were better than the other candidates, but it was obvious they were lacking motivation. The Champions League campaign gave them two different faces, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a team that could beat Chelsea and a team that could easily lose against a Segunda Division club. And when Betis are unmotivated (mainly on the road) they can be really bad. Their formation is the 4-4-2. Another factor that made their life difficult last year was their many and key injuries throughout the whole season.

Players In:
Javier Irureta 
Benjamín (Cádiz) 
Juanlu (Albacete) 
Óscar López (Barcelona) 
Fernando Vega (Lorca) 
Maldonado (Lorca) 
Casto Espinosa (Albacete) 
Romero (Deportivo) 
Damiá (Barcelona) 


Players Out:
Serra Ferrer (AEK) 
Cañas 
Varela (Mallorca) 
Israel (Castilla) 
Juanlu (Osasuna) 
Joaquin (Valencia)

Transfers assessment:
A big loss is Joaquin and now Betis are clearly weakened. Javier Irureta is the new coach. He is good enough, but has his own idiosyncrasies. Of the other players who arrived, Romero and Damia may help in defence. Others were on loan who returned.

Verdict:
It will be a hard task for Betis. They won't get in relegation trouble but they won't be in the top 10 either.

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