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Portuguese defender back in favour at Recreativo Huelva

BetoRecreativo Huelva’s Portuguese defender Roberto Beto has spoken of his happiness under new manager Manolo Zambrano.

Spain’s oldest club, who finished eighth in La Liga last season, dismissed Victor Munoz last month after a disappointing first half of the season saw Recre struggling in the relegation zone.

It had also proved a testing period for Beto, with Munoz often overlooking him for a place in the heart of the team’s defence. However, since Zambrano’s arrival Beto has been restored as an automatic first choice, and scored a goal on the weekend as Recre beat Deportivo 3-2, although the defender was then sent off for a second yellow card when he removed his shirt during the celebrations.

“With this coach I feel liberated. I have more joy and am more motivated,” Beto told reporters earlier this week.

“To score against Deportivo was good but I made a mistake and it left a bitter taste, due to the sending off. I didn’t know I could be punished for lifting my shirt, which I did because it was an emotional moment with the adrenaline flowing.”

Compatriots doing well

Beto is one of three Portuguese players at the Nuevo Colombino, with Carlos Martins and Silvestre Varela both in their first seasons at the club following summer moves from Sporting. “They have adapted very well,” Beto says of his countrymen. “Varela is coming on now and Carlos Martins has been very well received by the supporters.”

The win over Deportivo – a fellow relegation candidate – saw Beto’s men move up to 15th and four points clear of the drop zone. However, a tough trip to the Mestalla to play Valencia at the weekend comes a week before Recre entertain Real Madrid.

“No team is invincible,” Beto said. “It could be that they are not at their best and we take advantage. Our team could be better placed (in the league) but I must admit that we have made some mistakes.”

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