Djukic ready for Betis clash
Real Valladolid coach Miroslav Djukic believes his side are in
good shape heading into Monday’s clash with Real Betis.
Valladolid enjoyed a superb start to the season following
promotion as they recorded victories over Real Zaragoza and Levante
in their opening two matches without conceding a goal.
They were brought back down to earth in their third match as
they were beaten 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao but they have had plenty of
time to regroup after that loss thanks to the international
Djukic said: “The break has been good for us because we’ve been
able to rest, to work, and I think that we are totally ready to
face this next phase of the season.”
He added: “We want to continue learning and improving day by
day. We have to make ourselves strong at home, where we have to get
as many points as possible.”
Next up for Valladolid is the visit of a Betis side who have
picked up three points from their two games to date, courtesy of
their hugely impressive 5-3 victory at Athletic Bilbao on the
Betis lost their subsequent match 2-1 at home to Rayo Vallecano,
and Djukic believes the Seville-based outfit are better on the
He said: “They play better away than at home, because they are
very comfortable on the counter-attack. They press well, they are
aggressive and come out very fast…we need to be careful.”
Betis drew 1-1 in a friendly with Benfica last week in a match
which saw summer signing Nosa Igiebor make his first start for the
Coach Pepe Mel has high hopes for the Nigeria international but
knows it can take time for new players to settle in.
“He’s a player who we need to have patience with, he has the
necessary qualities to help us and I’m sure that he’s going to be
an important player,” he said.