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16 Sep 2015
First victory on the season and there are five positive notes to extract from the game, despite having a “new” team Víctor already has a fixed lineup and variants for each rival. The passing game and the work of the defenders is also highlighted.

With the team undefeated and clinching the first win on the season it’s natural that the notes from the game are positive aspects. Perhaps the most surprising one is that coach Víctor Sánchez is finding early a lineup for the games after the facelift made during the summer. The passing game and the variants in the attack are also part of the conclusions from the game at Vallecas.

1- Víctor has found a lineup: Depor’s coach has only made a few changes in the first three matchdays, and in the last two he repeated the same starting eleven. At the beginning of the season, and after the long list of moves made during the transfer window, there were doubts about the men that were going to start against Real Sociedad, this since there were several alternatives  in the attacking positions, but the coach only lasted a few weeks before making a decision and finding a team that’s responding.

2- Same men, different draws: Despite playing with the same men compared to the visit to Valencia CF, Víctor used a different tactical approach. Initially announced as a 4-3-3, the draw turned to be a 4-1-4-1 with Mosquera as the lonely centre midfielder while Celso Borges was joining Fajr in the playmaking functions. This flexibility in the draw helps to surprise the rival as it happened in the first goal scored by Borges, a midfielder that, supposedly, shouldn’t be defining the play, but that was there as Lucas was more delayed on the pitch trying combine with Luis Alberto.

3- Deadly passing game: Depor didn’t have a solid passing ratio in the whole game (66%), but the overwhelming superiority that led to the victory was provoked by the short and quick passes in attack, a trend mark that Víctor is trying to impose to this Deportivo. The perfect example was the first goal, there were five touches at Depor’s side of the pitch before the ball reached Luis Alberto, and each touch was quick and searching to break the rival’s defence.

4- Offensive pressure: One of the keys to the victory was the intense pressure trying to block the output of the ball by Rayo Vallecano. Depor stole the ball in 24 opportunities, the highest number on the season and in a couple opportunities it occurred at the edge of the rival’s area, though later Lucas couldn’t define those opportunities.

5- Solid job by Navarro and Laure: Both side defenders are solidifying their roles in this start of season, both have been starters in the three games played so far and against Rayo Vallecano they were simply insurmountable, to the point that both were the players with more interceptions (5).



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