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TACTICS: FLIRTING WITH THE TWO STRIKERS

17 May 2014
During the week the coach tested again a scheme with two strikers, though it’s expected that he will continue playing with only one. All the players are available and three men will be ruled out after Saturday’s training.

Fernando Vázquez is known for been a coach that likes to perform with a 4-4-2 figure, but during his stage at Depor, including this season, he has only used this draw for the starting formation in one opportunity. It was in the first round game against Deportivo Alavés with Luis Fernández and Borja Bastón performing up front at the same time.

On this week the coach tested once again the possibility to perform with two strikers, this time with Toché joining Borja Bastón up front. However, the coach has been testing the possibility since two weeks ago and in the end he always ended presenting a starting formation with only one attacker and it seems that this time it will be the same.

During his press conference the coach admitted that his team is already used to perform with one attacker, though he didn’t rule out the possibility to use the scheme. It’s one more option to face the best defense in the league, a team that arrives to the Riazor after clinching four straight clean sheets.

 For the crucial game against SD Eibar the main novelty is the return of Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’, who missed the game against Alavés due to a suspension. All the players are available, including striker Diego Ifrán, who’s dragging a finger injury. Vázquez will release the list of picked players on Saturday and will have to rule out three players for the game.

The Galician trainer also tested the “traditional” 4-2-3-1 and the 4-1-4-1 during this week’s training sessions. There were some interesting tests, like paring Marchena and Lopo at the centre of the defense, to locate Sissoko as the playmaker and also to delay the position of Luisinho to defense.

In the end it’s expected that Vázquez will continue performing with a 4-2-3-1, very similar to the draw that faced Alavés on last Sunday. The expected change is the introduction of Laure for Manuel Pablo, which means to switch Seoane to the left. The doubt is if Ifrán will continue as the centre forward or if the coach will chose Bastón or even Toché.

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