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THE SECONDARY ROLE OF ÁLEX

15 Nov 2014
Álex Bergantiños is the second centre midfielder with more minutes at the team, but currently he is a substitute. It’s a situation that the Galician player has always lived at Primera División.

 In recent years Deportivo seem to be trapped in a cycle of ups and downs, with two relegations and two promotions within the last four years. And the player that perfectly fits into this figure lived in A Coruña is Álex Bergantiños.

The centre midfielder lived his best year as a first team member of Deportivo during the Segunda season 2011/12; he was so important for coach José Luis Oltra that he participated in all the 42 matches on that campaign; actually he established a new record of minutes at the club during a league tournament (3,589).

However the situation changed one year later, he started the Primera season 2012/13 as a substitute with Oltra. At the time the coach had new choices as Colombian Abel Aguilar and Portuguese André Santos. He only regained a place at the starting formation as the team had bad results. He also had a starting spot with Domingos Paciência and later lost the place with Fernando Vázquez as the third coach on that season sought for a late reaction making changes.

That late reaction arrived, so Álex turned to be a substitute to replace any punctual problem. In this way he played as a starter only in 2 of the last 13 matches on the league tournament; actually he didn’t play in the 0-1 loss hosting Real Sociedad, result that cost the latest relegation to Segunda.

Back a t Liga Adelante, Álex returned to be a fixed starter, which was normal taking in mind the problems to build up the squad. The Galician man was the fourth player with more minutes on the season (3,196) and was one of the preferred choices of Fernando Vázquez for midfield territory.

Now the cycle is occurring again with the team back at Primera. Álex started the season been a substitute in the first two games, then he was a starter for five straight matches, but it was the worst moment of the season with Depor suffering four straight losses, so he was benched again and this is his current role as coach Víctor Fernández is preferring the options of Wilk and Medunjanin. He’s currently the second centre midfielder with more minutes (502), but that might change soon as others are playing before him.

The midfielder talked to reporters on Thursday and confessed that he understands the situation, “The reading is that things weren’t well before. I went out of the team after four straight losses. You need to try new things and the coach isn’t married with anything, so when things aren’t working out he moves the pieces and tests things. Now the changes are working as the team is looking better and we can only try to improve.”

“Things work like this, there are changes when the results aren’t coming and you need to be prepared. You must try to yield at the top. Any player wants to play and the moment when you are feeling more uncomfortable is when you aren’t playing, but it’s normal and you need to assume it as part of the profession. You can just work in order to be prepared for the moment of having a new opportunity. The chance always comeback.” He added.

Finally, Álex believes that, despite been living a similar situation in the last two seasons at Primers, there are differences, “You cannot expect the same, the teams were different and the coaches were also different. You can only train everyday in order to be at your best, always knowing there’s a big competence at the squad. You need to fix the errors and should try to respond at the moment of having a new chance.”

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