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NOTES FROM THE GAME AT ALBACETE

28 Jan 2020
The tide has changed after comparing both games played against Albacete, Vazquez used a mutating tactic that faced problems in the second half, Merino tied an old mark by Bebeto.

1- The tide has changed: Yes, the tide has changed for Deportivo after five straight wins. The team is no longer afraid and the confidence of the players is rising. It may look like a matter of luck too, after all Albacete failed to capitalize a good change in the only big error in defence between Çolak and Montero (46’), and later wasted a penalty. But that also counts in football. It’s a matter of comparing the two games of these two teams to realize about the two different streaks lived by Depor on this campaign. On the first game played at the Riazor on September 9, Depor deserved much more, but ended defeated by an unlucky penalty. Now Albacete was the side deserving more and was the side that ended defeat. As Jorge Valdano once said: Football is a state of mind

2- The tactic of Vázquez for the game: Interesting game plan by Fernando Vázquez. At the start of the game the scheme seemed to be a 4-2-3-1, but in several stages this idea was reconverted into a 5-4-1 scheme, with Montero moved into the centre, and with Víctor Mollejo acting as a fullback having freedom on the left. This changing tactic didn’t work in the second half as Mollejo started to have problems, reason why Vázquez replaced him with Luis Ruiz.

3- Relegation or promotion? The fifth straight win as allowed Depor to leave the drop zone, and the debate has started: should Deportivo be more ambitious now and taking in mind the sixth place is only nine points away? The true is that, beyond the distance with the promotion zone, there are eleven teams in the middle and Depor will have to pass of all of them, and that seems a bit unreal at this point. Meanwhile, Fernando Vázquez prefers to stay focused and says that the only goal is the permanence.

4- Missing Peru Nolaskoain: If this game left something is the idea that Peru Nolaskoain is an important piece in this puzzle, a balance at midfield that no one can replace at the team. Gaku provides passes and depth, but Nolaskoain is the one that brings the ball from the back and neither Uche Agno nor Álex Bergantiños were able to do that in this game.

5- Debut for Uche Agbo and Claudio Beauvue: Not a good debut for Uche Agbo. Fernando Vázquez was saying before the game that the Nigerian midfielder had pace after playing several games this year, but he was already tiered at the start of the second part and had to be replaced. He only completed 31 passes and had problems to contain the rival’s impetus. More promising was the debut of Claudio Beauvue, who added depth to a team that was locked at the back. And he should have scored in that counterattack and after the wonderful pass by Merino (77’).

6- Five straight victories: The previous time Depor won five straight games was for the Segunda season 2011/12, at the time Oltra’s Depor chained five straight wins in March of 2012: 2-1 Vs. AD Alcorcón, 1-2 at CD Guadalajara, 3-2 Vs. CD Alcoyano, 1-2 at Gimnástic Tarragona and 2-0 Vs. Córdoba CF.

7. Sabin Merino tying a mark of Bebeto: It seems unthinkable in a club that has had great scorers like Roy Makaay, Walter Pandiani, Albert Luque or Diego Tristán. But it has been Sabin Merino who has tied an old mark of Bebeto: to score a goal in the first three appearances with the team. The Brazilian star did this scoring in the first three matchdays of the Primera campaign 1992/93 facing RC Celta, Sevilla CF and CA Osasuna. The next challenge for the Basque attacker is to tie the mark of Roy Makaay of scoring four goals in his first four appearances (The Dutchman scored a hat-trick in the first matchday of the season 1999/20 facing Alavés, and later scored once on matchday 03 against Real Valladolid).

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