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TACTICS: BREAKING THE WALL

16 May 2015
Víctor Sánchez is especially worried in trying to break the five-man defensive line of Levante. The team even tested with the same system during the trainings. A final decision on the lineup should be made on Saturday.

Deportivo need the victory on Sunday against Levante UD and during the week the main task for coach Víctor Sánchez Del Amo has been to find the way to break their defensive line. Recently the Valencians have been playing with a 5-4-1 or a 5-3-2, the attack changes depending of the rival and of they play at home or not, but the defense of five men has always been the same.

Despite been playing with five men at the back Levante UD had conceded ten goals in the previous five games, but Víctor believes that it’s the main obstacle for Sunday and has insisted in the matter during the week. There were long video sessions at Abegondo trying to teach the players how to move against this system, and during the tests on the training pitch he even used the same scheme in order to see the attackers getting familiar with this defence.

Pablo Insua won’t be available for the game as he’s still sidelined with an Achilles injury, but it shouldn’t affect the plans for the starting lineup as Víctor has been relying in Albert Lopo and Sidnei Rechel for the centre of the defence.

Víctor will make the final tests until Saturday as the team will play behind closed doors at the Riazor (10h30CET). He could be tempted to repeat the same lineup of the past two games as Depor rescued a point playing against Villarreal CF and Athletic Club, two European candidates, but the option of making changes cannot be ruled out.

One of the main questions is if it’s more convenient to play with Toché upfront, the Murcian can be more helpful trying to break the thick defence, though it cannot be ruled out the option of using a 4-4-2 draw with Oriol Riera on too.

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