Hector Bellerin’s return to the Real Betis side didn’t go as planned this week, with an own goal and a couple of disappointing team displays.

Real Betis v Celtic FC: Group G - UEFA Europa League - Hector Bellerin of Real Betis during the UEFA Europa League Group G stage match between Real Betis and Celtic FC at Benito Villamarin Stadium on September 16, 2021, in Seville, Spain. Copyright: DAX Images
Real Betis v Celtic FC: Group G – UEFA Europa League – Hector Bellerin of Real Betis during the UEFA Europa League Group G stage match between Real Betis and Celtic FC at Benito Villamarin Stadium on September 16, 2021, in Seville, Spain. Copyright: DAX Images

Hector Bellerin missed out for Real Betis last weekend, with Manuel Pellegrini explaining that he was too unwell to feature against Atletico Madrid. Betis lost 3-0 in his absence.

The good news is Bellerin was healthy and ready to play again by Thursday, when Betis took on Bayer Leverkusen. But despite his return, the right-back couldn’t help turn the team’s fortunes around.

Leverkusen ran riot in their Europa League clash, winning 4-0, and the night was topped off by a Nabil Fekir red card to leave him suspended for their vital final group games.

If Betis were hoping for a reprieve against Sevilla on Sunday, they didn’t find one. A red card to Guido Rodriguez in the first half put them on the back foot, and they ended up conceding twice in the second to lose the match.

Even worse for Bellerin on an individual level, it was his own goal that doubled Sevilla’s lead.

For the most part, Bellerin has earned praise for his performances in Spain. Followers of La Liga have suggested he looks reinvigorated and more comfortable with Betis. But this week was certainly a low point of the loan so far.

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