Real Betis right-back Hector Bellerin is keenly anticipating his team’s clash against Celtic in the Europa League next week.
The Spanish defender joined the La Liga side on loan from Arsenal last month, and he believes facing clubs like the Hoops are the reason why he chose to move for Betis:
“To play against Celtic will be special because they’re such a big club with a big history. Celtic will be a tough rival but I’m optimistic. At Betis, we’re obliged to get the three points. We have already watched the derby against Rangers and that result puts pressure on Celtic. If we can dominate the ball against them, we can get the win we need. I’ve left Arsenal to win things with Real Betis. I’m not here for a holiday.”
Betis have not had a great start to the season, having drawn two and lost one in their first three league matches. Manager Manuel Pellegrini has also complained that they will have two days less to prepare for the Celtic match.
TV schedules mean the Spanish side will take on Granada tomorrow night, whilst Celtic played their league game against Ross County yesterday.
One disappointment for Ange Postecologu’s side, though, will be the fact that they won’t have any away fans at the Benito Villamarin on Thursday night. Betis had already confirmed that they would be accepting supporters but local authorities in Spain have since barred them permission from letting fans in.