The Betis not the same since the arrival of the coach Pier Luigi Cherubino, who replaced in office Antonio Contreras. The former Verdiblanco player has managed to change the direction of the team, which was in decline, to get it out of the red zone and change the feelings completely. “This team is trained to be higher. You have to keep squeezing the girls because they have room for improvement, “Pier said in a recent interview with the Betis media. The numbers speak for themselves. Under Contreras’ mandate, the Andalusian team added eight points in thirteen games played in the League, with seven defeats, five draws and only one victory. Figures that have improved substantially under Pier’s orders. After eight league games since joining the coaching staff, the Andalusian team accumulates twelve points, with three wins, three draws and two defeats. It is worth noting the important points added against direct rivals such as Espanyol (2-1) or Valencia (2-2) and the team’s great participation in the Cup: they eliminated Atlético on penalties and brushed the semis, falling in the quarterfinals against Logroño (1-0). The Verdiblanco coach was very satisfied with his work on the team, which has returned to work after a few days off due to the team break. The Bacon and a derby await the Baetics against their great rival, Sevilla, in the next days of the First Iberdrola. “The work we are doing is being received well. It is improving. The important thing now comes in the final stretch, which is where you have to press the most and improve those numbers. I am convinced since I arrived. I’m not satisfied with saving ourselves and that’s it and more seeing the players out there. We have to aspire to win games, “said PierThe former Betis player stressed that upon arrival he saw that “there was a lack of joy” in the team and has tried to recover that essence, which was also characteristic of Betis de María Pry. “When I arrived, what I did was change my mind and I wanted them to come to train with joy. If you don’t get inside and you know what they feel, you can’t get all their football out, “ Pier stressed, who also confessed to having been forced to change the way he played to get the most out of his players. The Canarian coach seems to have found his ideal system at Betis at 4-1-4-1. “My way of playing is different. I like to play more vertically. I tried it in the first games … But I think that to be a coach you also have to be smart and you should not be closed in a style of play and a way of playing football. You have to focus on what you have and the characteristics of each player, “he said.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Officials in Nicosia and Athens gave a cautious reception to last Sunday’s election victory by Turkish-Cypriot nationalist Dervis Eroglu as the European Commission stressed the importance of momentum being maintained in peace talks. “Now that Mr Eroglu has been elected leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, it is crucial that the settlement talks go on. The Commission encourages Mr Eroglu to continue in a constructive spirit the efforts toward a settlement and reunification,” the EC said in a statement. In Athens, Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras sought to strike a similar note, saying it was “self-evident” that progress made so far in United Nations-mediated talks on the island should be safeguarded. Delavekouras called on Eroglu to approach talks with Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias with “a constructive outlook and clear will for a solution.” In Nicosia, the concerns fuelled by Eroglu’s election were much clearer. Cypriot government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou told reporters that his election “created serious problems” for reunification negotiations. “The election of Mr Eroglu is an unfortunate development in view of his longstanding and declared positions against a federal solution and in favor of the creation of two states on Cyprus,” Stefanou said. Eroglu himself sought to send out a positive message. “We will search for a way to reach consensus,” he told supporters after Sunday’s results were announced. But worries were fuelled by reports that there had been no communication between Eroglu and Christofias by this Monday.This is an edited text from Kathimerini English Edition