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TACTICS: FOUR OR FIVE DEFENDERS?

29 Nov 2014
Víctor Fernández tested both systems for the visit to Atlético Madrid, playing with four and also five defenders. There could be also changed at midfield as Juan Dominguez is set to be replaced.

The goalless draw before Real Sociedad left a tasteless sensation at Deportivo, but coach Víctor Fernández made a positive reading of the defensive work and is contemplating to repeat the scheme for the visit to Atlético Madrid. But the coach is also prepared to return into a 4-2-3-1 figure. And it’s that Víctor tested both alternatives during the midweek. A 4-2-3-1 draw and two versions of the 5-3-2.

The 4-2-3-1 can also be interpreted as a 4-4-2 depending on the positioning of the attacking players. Wilk and Medunjanin are the centre midfielders, José Rodriguez could be the playmaker with Juanfran and Cavaleiro attacking from the wings, while the centre forward is Postiga.

However the draw can turn to be into a 4-4-2 if Cavaleiro joins Postiga upfront and if José Rodríguez is moved to the right, which is what he did during the last game with Real Sociedad. At defense Lopo is dropped for been suspended, so Insua and Sidnei remain as the centre-backs, with Laure was performing at the right side, Luisinho was on the left and Fabricio is the goalkeeper.

In the case of the 5-3-2, Víctor tested two versions. In the first Laure performs at the right side of the defense, with Diakité as the third centre-back and Cavaleiro performing alongside Postiga in attack.

The trio at midfield is composed by Wilk, José Rodríguez and Medunjanin. In the second version Juanfran covers the right side of the defense, Álex Bergantiños is the third centre-back and Cuenca is the one joining Postiga in attack.

These tests were made on Thursday at Abegondo, one day later the team was going to train behind closed doors at the Riazor, but the coach decided to make the full session in the gym, plus a video session, so there were no tactical tests. The final training will take place on Thursday and Víctor announced it will be a short training as the team plays on Sunday noon, so there won’t be more tests.

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