Chica and Matilla miss out on Real Betis Europa League squad
Real Betis manager Pepe Mel has been forced to make tough decisions, but also keeps league performance in mind.
Pepe Mel has selected his squad to register for the Europa League group stages, but with a limit of 21 players, he has had some thinking to do.
Omitted from those registered to play in the competition, are first team regulars, are defender Javier Chica and midfielder Javier Matilla. Whilst that might raise some eyebrows, it is believed that Pepe Mel wants to keep both players fresh for La Liga, with both being considered important components of the squad.
Additional to the 21 players registered for the Europa League, Pepe Mel is free to call up additional reinforcements for matches during the group stages, from the B team or the youth system, should the need arise.