After defeating Betis, Ernesto Valverde admitted that they had not "been very successful" and explained that they had started the game well, but that they did not have the necessary continuity. The Basque coach denied that Messi's return made the choral pressure of the team unbalanced: "It has nothing to do with it. What has happened to us is that we need more coolness to generate opportunities. In the second half we have generated, But with the broken party they have ended up on the counterattack. "
The Basque coach also explained why he believed that they scored so many goals: "It is something that we have to improve without a doubt, because at the first moment they have generated a great deal of danger. We must be more attentive and not lose the weight of the game. In the second half, it is more normal, because we have launched the attack and we have run the risk of counterattacking. At the first time we have failed to control the game. In the second we have entered into a phase of exchange. time we have generated much more than the first one ". Valverde also explained the entry of Arturo Vidal to "add intensity" and because "he has arrived."
Valverde insisted that Betis "had won the game in the first half", but denied that he had been superior to the middle of the field, but rather that he was an "uncontrolled" game. Valverde also argued for the decision to bet for Malcom and rule out Rafinha: "I thought it would be a match with many situations of three against three [el Betis juga amb una defensa de tres i dos carrilers] and that a player with its characteristics would be useful to us: speed, dríbling and depth ".