Squad news


27 Nov 2014
Víctor Fernández is still searching for the right system to Deportivo. He has used up to five schemes after twelve matchdays and some of them with variants. The casualties have influenced in some of the decisions.

Deportivo have used five different systems in the first twelve matchdays and coach Víctor Fernández leaves the impression that he is still trying to find a pattern for his Deportivo. Truly the injuries that have been constantly hitting the team have influenced in the decisions, but the coach also seems unsatisfied with the performance of some of the men.

The 4-2-3-1 was used in 8 of the 12 games, but it had variants, mainly as the figure of the centre forward had different roles, while the playmaker was different. Fariña played the role in five opportunities, Juan Dominguez did it twice and the other opportunity was for Lucas Pérez. The changes are more evident now as the coach has used three different schemes within the last three meetings.

The team began the season using a 4-2-3-1 against Granada CF, Juan Dominguez and José Rodriguez were the starting midfielders, with Fariña in the playmaking function, while Luisinho and Cavaleiro were the wingers.

This scheme was switched into a 4-3-3 for the home clash with Rayo Vallecano, the trio Medunjanin-Juan Dominguez-José Rodríguez left the feeling of leaving too much space at midfield, reason why the coach switched back into the 4-2-3-1 at the middle of the second half.

For the visit to SD Eibar, which was the first victory on the season, Depor returned to the 4-2-3-1, but with a variant as Juan Dominguez was the playmaker, an uncomfortable position to him. The disaster against Real Madrid witnessed the return of Fariña to the playmaking function, while now Cuenca and Juanfran were the wingers.

Despite the heavy loss the coach kept the same midfield and offense in the derby against RC Celta and the home clash against UD Almeria. For the first time on the season the coach was repeating the lineup, but it was a punctual thing as for the visit to Sevilla CF the draw was switched into a 4-1-4-1 with Álex Bergantiños playing as the solo midfielder.

The fourth straight loss moved the coach to make several changes for the home meeting with Valencia CF. The coach returned to the 4-2-3-1, but there were several new things. Cezary Wilk played for the first time and Iván Cavaleiro was the central attacker.

In the previous 4-2-3-1 formations the central attacker was always “fixed”. Toché and Hélder Postiga were always at the centre of the attack waiting for the ball, but in the new variation Cavaleiro was moving to the sides trying to drag the centre-backs, which is just a new variant in the 4-2-3-1.

Víctor kept this strategy for the games against RCD Espanyol and Getafe CF, but a new loss caused a new turn and the coach tested a 4-4-2 figure for the visit to Córdoba CF. Now Postiga and Cavaleiro  played together and there was another novelty as the coach played with four side defenders at the same time, this since Luisinho and Juanfran were the wingers. The scheme only lasted 28 minutes as Postiga was sent off.

And the last game witnessed the appearance of a new draw: the 5-3-2. It is characterized by the presence of three centre-backs, Insua, Lopo and Sidnei, plus to play with three centre-backs. Cavaleiro and Postiga played together one more time as the red card over the latter was lifted.



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