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The club president admitted that "two weeks feels like a long time and we are raring to get back on the pitch"
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Club president José María Del Nido Carrasco spoke to the press on Tuesday, taking the opportunity to reiterate the notion that full focus is on Saturday's match at Getafe: "We are of course enjoying and following the traditions of Holy Week. After a poor performance against Celta, two weeks feels like a long time so we are already looking forward to Getafe."

As for club attendance at the farewell to Ruiz de Lopera, the president pointed out that "Don Manuel was part of the history of Real Betis and so we, as a club, had to be present yesterday. I always remember how well he led the club when we lost our late Antonio Puerta so we had to be there yesterday to pay tribute to him."

When asked further about the need to bounce back from the Celta loss, Del Nido Carrasco said the following: "The team had managed to string some good results together but against Almeria and Celta we took several steps backwards and every time we don't win, the frustration is clear. We can only think about the next game and Quique has shown the ability to steady the ship despite our recent dip. The level wasn't good enough, but my confidence in the coach and the squad is absolute. I am a believer and I pray, but what we have to do is work hard and deliver on the pitch. Right now we are only thinking about Getafe."

"The most important thing is to get back on the right track and show that we are progressing"

He also emphasised the importance of unity at the club: "I extend my hand to all sevillistas, including my father. I've said before how important togetherness is because fundamentally it is good for the team, not for my own personal gain. All we can do is put everything we have into getting results and developing as a team. I'm 100% committed to this project and I'm very excited to see the players react against Getafe. In order to maintain confidence, it is crucial we win games. The path is clear and we know what we have to do."

To round off, the president addressed the impact of missing out on European football for next season: "Not being in Europe will have economic ramifications, but our roadmap is clear. We will streamline the squad to provide greater balance and get back to where we belong. The plan is to do more with less, to be competitive and extremely ambitious. We want to achieve on the pitch but with a more efficient squad, which in recent years has been oversized."