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10 May 2014
Fernando Vázquez has tested three different schemes for Sunday; Juan Carlos remains doubtful. Luisinho is pending to know if he will play as a left-back or as a winger. The coach isn’t ruling out the option of playing with two strikers.

Once again coach Fernando Vázquez has tested different draws ahead of a liga game. The suspension of right-back Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ has moved him to test two different solutions. The first is to switch Diego Seoane to the right side of the defense and introduce Manuel Pablo on the left, while the second is to delay the position of Luisinho to cover the slot.

Captain Manuel Pablo was a fixed starter in the first round, but lately he has lost the starting spot before Laure and Seoane. The Canarian was a starter in only 6 of the 18 games played in 2014; on last Saturday he played for ten minutes in the visit to CD Lugo, it was just his second appearance within the last two months –the other one was against Real Madrid Castilla performing as a centre-back-

But that isn’t the only doubt in the mind of Vázquez, because Juan Carlos remains doubtful (ankle sprain) despite been included in the list for the game and as the coach had admitted the possibility to perform with two strikers. On this week he started testing the 4-1-4-1, and later trained the 4-2-3-1 and even a 5-1-2-2, a ‘risk system’ in the words of the coach.

In the 4-2-3-1 tested on Thursday, Lopo and Insua were the centre-backs, Seoane covered the right side of the defense, while Luisinho performed on the left. Álex Bergantiños and Juan Dominguez were the centre midfielders, with Juan Carlos was performing on the right wing, Bryan Rabello was on the left, Ibrahim Sissoko was in the playmaking function and Diego Ifrán was the central attacker.

However, Juan Carlos sustained his injury when the coach was testing the draw, so he made a couple of modifications when the playmaker left the pitch. Luisinho advanced his position to the left wing, allowing the entry of Manuel Pablo at defense, then Rabello was moved to the playmaker’s role and Sissoko ended as the right winger. The rest of the team was the same.

And later in the same session the coach tested a weird 5-1-2-2 formation. Álex Bergantiños left the starting formation allowing the entry of Carlos Marchena, who became the third centre-back. The other player that was replaced was Manuel Pablo as Borja Bastón joined Ifrán up front.

The idea of the scheme is to use Seoane and Luisinho as full-backs with an attacking role. It’s a wingerless formation as the trio at midfield is composed by players used to perform at the centre. Juan Dominguez was the centre midfielder behind the two playmakers, Rabello and Sissoko, then Ifrán and Borja Bastón were the central attackers.

Vázquez refers to these schemes as ‘risk systems’, because he tends to use them when the team needs to score goals and change a result, however on Friday the coach admitted that he’s open to play with two strikers  since the start, this since there are six attackers at the squad.

The coach will decide the final formation on Saturday after checking the status of Juan Carlos, who will undergo a late test during the last training session in order to determine if he’s fit to play. In the meantime the club released a list of 19 players picked for the meeting. Striker Luis Fernández is the only man out for tactical reasons.

List of picked players:
Goalkeepers: German Lux & Fabricio
Defenders: Manuel Pablo, Luisinho, Diego Seoane, Albert Lopo, Carlos Marchena & Pablo Insua
Midfielders: Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez,  Wilk, Juan Carlos, Antonio Núñez, Sissoko & Rabello
Strikers: Borja Bastón, Arizmendi, Toché & Diego Ifrán



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