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ELEVEN DIFFERENT LINEUPS IN 2014

19 Mar 2014
Deportivo have played eleven games in 2014 and coach Fernando Vázquez hasn’t repeated the lineup yet. There are two reasons for this situation: first the injuries and later the indecision to choose a certain draw.

There’s some concern among the fans as Deportivo are wasting golden opportunities to put some distance with the direct rivals and start defining the promotion race. In 2014 the team has played eleven liga games clinching four wins, four draws and suffering three defeats.

The characteristic in this period is that coach Fernando Vázquez hasn’t repeated the same lineup. Indeed the draw was almost the same; in ten of the eleven games he used a 4-2-3-1 figure and it only switched it for the last game against Barcelona B (5-2-2-1), but the point is that the players were different and therefore the way the team moved on the pitch was very different.

And it’s that the last time that a lineup was repeated in consecutive matches was between the last game in 2013 (3-3 Vs. CD Numancia) and the debut in 2014 (0-0 at Real Jaén). Truly the injuries have been a factor for this situation, something clearly demonstrated in the 1-2 loss hosting UD Las Palmas, game in which the coach even had to play with Fabril’s Paulo Teles at the starting lineup.

But also Depor’s manager has showed some indecision at the moment of defining the lineups, at some point releasing the list of picked players at the last minute due to his doubts. The big changes have mainly occurred at the attacking positions. It all started after the departure of Culio and the arrival of the winter signings. The Argentine winger/playmaker was a fixed man at midfield, and since his exit Vázquez has tested four different choices: Juan Carlos, Juan Dominguez, Bryan Rabello and even Rudy.

Rabello is the man with more appearances in the playmaking function (5), but the coach isn’t totally convinced with his position on the field as the Chilean has been also used as a winger. Diogo Salomão quickly earned a fixed spot, but his unfortunate injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. So, the coach passed from betting in real wingers (Salomão & Núñez) to now rely in players with a central view (Rabello and Juan Carlos) at the moment of deciding who should perform at the flanks.

The centre of the attack has also changed a lot. Vázquez began the year restoring the presence of Borja Bastón at the starting lineup and giving opportunities to Luis Fernández, but then Toché claimed the spot, which sent the Madrilenian to the bench and the ex-Fabril to the stands. And it’s that Luis spent three matchdays out of the team and only returned for the last game against Barca B, while Bastón has only played eleven minutes within the last four matches.

Midfield is another sector affected by the different approaches of the coach. Juan Dominguez has missed two games in 2014 due to injury reasons, while the coach has alternated Wilk and Álex Bergantiños, sometimes both men have played together, as it occurred in the visit to CD Mirandés, game in which Juan Dominguez was the playmaker.

The defense has experienced changes too, but it was only for injury reasons. Fabricio was a starter in four straight opportunities due to the knee injury of Lux, while the physical problems of Marchena and Laure moved the coach to give new opportunities to Diego Seoane. Meanwhile, Pablo Insua is the only player at the team that has been a starter (and played the full 90 minutes) in the eleven games disputed in 2014.

The fact the coach isn’t repeating the lineups means a subjective debate that might not like anyone, but the fact the team isn’t getting better results invites to think the indecisions of the coach are affecting the development of the team, a feeling that gets stronger taking in mind that the whole eleven results in 2014 were narrow scores and with the team even scoring the goals at the last minutes.

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