Fekir looks at Saturday’s match against Barcelona with a special challenge on the table. He wants to recover his differential factor in this Betis and promote the dream of the Champions League despite the fact that it seems distant. The Frenchman never managed to emerge victorious from his stakes against Barça. Neither with Betis nor with Lyon. He also missed some important appointments against the Barça team and therefore intends to reign at his best level in this weekend’s match and at the gates of the end of a campaign in which he went from more to less. Nobody plays more than him in Heliopolis. He is so untouchable for Pellegrini that the rotations barely touch him.
Fekir was not in Betis’ 0-1 at the Camp Nou. Missed appointment due to penalty just as he was not in last year’s Camp Nou due to injury. There are also pending accounts from the previous year, when Rubi was the Verdiblanco coach. The Frenchman scored a goal in each of the league duels against Barcelona, but both ended with a defeat for the Betis team and even with the Frenchman sent off in one of them. If Fekir looks to the past, he also has another lost battle in a Champions League tie between Lyon and Barca. He was not in the first leg and was part of the harsh correction received in the second leg (5-2).
*Data updated as of May 5, 2022
Betis tied Fekir’s renewal a few months ago, but his name is still linked to Barcelona’s radar. He is one of the most incisive footballers in the League and the Verdiblanco club already positioned itself in that regard when the bells rang of a hypothetical interest from the culé team. “There they have their clause of one hundred million euros,” said Ángel Haro, president of the heliopolitan club. His future is unknown to the same extent that the market will be full of questions due to the economic needs of the Verdiblanco club and the limitations of possible suitors. For now, Fekir wants to reign against Barça to show that he is still decisive at Betis and can close pending accounts.