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THE MULTIPLE FACETS OF ÁLEX BERGANTIÑOS

28 Feb 2013
Álex Bergantiños already performed in four different positions in his first Primera season with Deportivo; last Saturday he performed as a right-back, and before he was a central defender, a goalkeeper and a centre midfielder.

It cannot be said that this has been a complete season for Álex Bergantiños, after all he has been going in and out of the lineups with the three coaches that have been at the club, what cannot be denied is that the Galician midfielder has been a match problem solver for everybody.

And it’s that Álex has performed is 22 games on this season (1,728 minutes), and in two of those games he had to perform in a different position to the pivote function. On November 18, Deportivo were hosting Levante UD; Oltra put a 4-2-3-1 figure on the pitch, with Álex and Juan Dominguez at midfield.

But after just 14 minutes both Marchena and Ze Castro got injured, so Álex had to delay his position and performed as a centre-back, which was his natural position when he was at the youth teams of the club. But the story didn’t end there, because Aranzubia was sent off at minute 69, so Álex had to perform as the keeper as there were no more changes available. He allowed a goal and Deportivo ended losing 0-2.

Last Saturday, the story was repeated, though in a different position. Depor were playing at the Riazor against Real Madrid and Álex started on the bench, but at minute 26, Sílvio suffered a concussion and the Galician midfielder replaced him performing for 65 minutes as a right-back. He was doing a great job, until Cristiano Ronaldo entered and tormented him at that flank.

On Tuesday, he was remembering his adventures on this season, ”This year I have been playing of everything. Against Madrid it was a complicate situation, because I am not used to perform there, but I tried to do my best in order to help the team.”

”Cristiano is one of the best players in the world. It’s really complicated when he faces you at the wing. I tried to pull him to the outside and I lost him in a couple of opportunities. It was a pity, because in the end they ended scoring a goal.” The midfielder added.

Current coach Fernando Vázquez was praising Álex for his sacrifice on the pitch, ”Álex is committed to the team; it’s a player that vies the one hundred percent. He had to mark a difficult player [Ronaldo] It was something to congratulate him. Any other player would have refused to accept as a side defender, performing out of his normal position, and after leaving him on the bench.”

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