FM20 TEAM GUIDE - REAL BETISKnown as Real Hispalis on FM20.
And then it all went wrong.
The next season O'Connell left for Barcelona, a club he is often credited with saving from bankruptcy. Betis struggled without him only finishing in 7th. Then the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War meant La Liga was suspended for 3 years and when the league returned, Betis championship winning team had long been dismantled. Relegation in 1940 prompted the worst period in the club's history.
They have however spent most of the time since in the top division, but the 1934/35 triumph remains the club's only La Liga. Following a mid-table finish in 2018/19, another title feels a long way away.
AIMSFirst season board expectations - Qualify for the Europa League
First season media expectation - 9th
CHALLENGE - Win the 2nd title in the club's history
PERSONNELAssistant manager - Jaume Torras
Club Captain - Joaquin
Vice Captain - Andres Guardado
Key Player - Nabil Fekir
Hot Prospect - Diego Lainez
Classic Player/Legend - Rafael Gordillo
Initial areas to strengthen - GK, LB
FINANCESBalance - £23.7M
Transfer Budget - £2.5M
Wage budget - £581k a week
STADIUMEstadio Benito Villamarin
This isn't a good start. Former Everton man Joel Robles hasn't shaken off those Toffee traits, his low concentration and poor decision making are a problem. His mental attributes are nowhere near good enough for an elite league so he's one to sell. Young reserve Dani Martin can develop into a decent backup. A crucial area to immediately improve.
Emerson can get caught out of position but he has talent and offers much going forward. Francis is an OK number 2 with improvement in him. Barragan's best days are gone and should be sold.
Marc Bartra is one of the most important players at the club. Sidnei complements him well as a partner as he has a more physical game. Feddal is a squad player at best. Mandi can cover here or at RB but with interest from other clubs likely he could be one to send away, especially if in need of a budget boost.
Moreno is very weak in the tackle and best suited as a winger. Pedraza can play here but he’s lacking in the defensive basics, he can also play further forward but his final ball can disappoint. Both are squad player at best in either position, a new 1st choice needed
Joaquin made his professional debut for Betis 20 years ago but he still possesses great technique, at the age of 37 though his physical attributes mean he should be used as a squad player. Tello can play on either flank.
William Carvalho is a strong and classy deep Playmaker, his lack of pace is covered by his positional awareness and he's a key player. Fellow DM Javi Garcia is technically limited and at 32 will only decline, he should be moved on. New signing Guido Rodriguez is another defensive minded midfielder whilst Guardado offers vast experience and versatility. Barca loanee Alena has great ability in possession.
Fekir and Canales offer so much albeit in a similar way. Fekir can play in other positions but that maybe isn't making the most such a talented player. Canales would be a big player to sacrifice to bring funds in but it is an option. The whole central midfield area is very strong but lacking variety, it seems like everyone is a Playmaker of some sort.
New signing Moreno is the type to beat a man then do little with it, he's unlikely to ever be more than a squad player and should be sold when possible. Juanmi can cover up front but is best used here cutting in as an IW. Tello is an option also but as you have plenty of cover already here he may be best used on the right.
Iglesias has a good all-round game and eye for goal and should be your main man. Loren has a similar game but is a notch lower in quality. Not an immediate priority.