Emerson, an incisive takeoff under Pellegrini's command

The Brazilian is going through his best moment at Betis after his growth in defense: he is the fourth LaLiga player to recover the most balls.


The Brazilian Emerson is going through his best moment at Betis and is one of the indisputable pieces in Manuel Pellegrini's project. The last appointments boosted the performance of the right-handed side, who signed a good attendance against Barcelona and a decisive goal in the victory against Villarreal last Sunday. But his greatest incentive is his qualitative leap in defense: he managed to notably improve his performance behind the hand of Manuel Pellegrini, who insists that it is the starting point for his final take-off.

"He talks a lot with me, more than with the rest. He tells me I'm doing fine upstairs, but it helps me improve a lot behind," said the Brazilian about the influence of Pellegrini. The player knows that this margin for improvement is the greatest incentive to be able to make the leap to the Barcelona squad next year and have a leading role after being signed together two years ago by the Catalans and the Verdiblancos. Quite a challenge on the table for the fourth LaLiga player who recovered the most balls this season.

There were already rumors last summer about a possible Barça interest in taking over his services ahead of schedule, but finally the clubs maintained their initial agreement by which the Brazilian would play at least two and a half years in Heliópolis. In the Camp Nou they count on him in principle for the next season, although his good performance could also invite other teams to start a bid that could satisfy Ronald Koeman's team, currently quite limited precisely in that position on the right back. Betis also assumes that the player will leave and is already drawing up a plan so that next summer his right-handed lane is well covered before the specific weight that the player currently has in the present squad.

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