Dani blow for Betis
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Betis forward Dani will miss next week's Champions League clash with Liverpool.Real Betis forward Dani will miss next week's UEFA Champions League clash with Liverpool through injury.
Dani sustained an ankle problem during Betis' defeat to Sevilla on Saturday night.
The highly-rated striker was forced to limp off with the problem to be replaced by Franciso Xisco.
Scans have shown the full extent of the injury and Dani is set to be sidelined for up to a month with the problem.
Dani was unhappy with the close attention he came under from the Sevilla defence during the game.
"From the first minute the defenders of Sevilla have been chasing me clearly," said Dani.
"I think that was the order of coach Juande Ramos and the derby finished with many problems."
Meanwhile, Betis coach Lorenc Serra Ferrer has set his sights on trying to beat Liverpool at Anfield next Wednesday.
"This game is history now and I am already thinking about winning on Wednesday against Liverpool in the Champions League," said Serra Ferrer.
The experienced coach admitted Betis did not play well against Sevilla, but felt they did not deserve to lose.
"We did not read the game well and now we have to go away and rectify some of the things that we did wrong," added Serra Ferrer.
"It was very even and we had a great chance to score. I thought a goalless draw would have been better."
At the final whistle, the Betis trainer became embroiled in an altercation with a delegate from the home club as frustrations boiled over, but he would not reveal what had caused the melee.
"There was a small problem with a delegate from Sevilla, but I prefer not to say anything because it would not do any good," said Serra Ferrer.
"He needs to think about what he said to me and if he is capable of that then he would do the same thing again."
Ramos was delighted after his side clinched a shock win and moved up to fifth place in the table and explained that he had never tasted a night like it before in his career.
"We could not have chosen a better stage or a better moment to win," said Ramos.
"We have played with one less for a long period and then had a second player sent off and, therefore, the effort of the team to win this game must be praised.
"The referee did not influence the result. The penalty was clear and in a game of such tension like these derbies, where the home team has two players sent off, I do not believe that the other side can have anything to complain about.
"Betis were unable to win against nine men, it is as simple as that.
"I am a professional and I will defend my team until the end and I am very happy now.
"I know that derby games are like this, but I have never experienced an atmosphere like that before, it was really spectacular and the fans certainly helped us win this game."