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TACTICS: DOUBTS & CERTAINTIES

13 Sep 2015
Víctor seems to be doubting about the condition of Celso Borges, for this reason Álex Bergantiños was tested as possible starter, while Luis Alberto received the medical okay to play and is set to stay at the starting team. Jonás could be a starter.

Coach Víctor Sánchez is ready to keep the base of the first two matchdays and several players will repeat their participation in the lineup, but at the same time he’s having doubts in some positions, more specifically at the right-back spot, midfield and at the right wing.

In defense everything seemed clear, but a doubt came out on Saturday; first to all it’s clear that the couple Alejandro Arribas-Sidnei is ready to continue leaving Albert Lopo on the bench. Fabricio hasn’t received the medical okay to play, so German Lux will continue to be the goalkeeper, with Fernando Navarro covering the sides.

The doubt is that Laure might end on the bench after been the starting choice at the right side for the first two games. On Saturday, Depor’s manager was testing with Juanfran in that position, the Madrilenian has been the right winger in the first two meetings and could delay his position for the game against Rayo Vallecano.

The second doubt appears at midfield, Celso Borges had a long week with two international games and a knock; he told to reporters on Friday that he was fine, but one day later Víctor was testing with Álex Bergantiños joining Pedro Mosquera at the centre of the field, which is an interpretation that the Central American might be rested.

Fayçal Fajr is one of the preferred choices for Víctor and will continue to perform as the playmaker in the team. With Oriol Riera not totally fit to play and with Jonathan Rodriguez still adapting Lucas is the choice for the centre of the attack.

And then the coach has to choose the wingers. Juanfran Moreno has been the starting choice at the right for the first two games, but during the week the coach was open to test with Fede Cartabia, who is now totally recovered and on Saturday the position was for Jonás Gutiérrez, who just joined the team on this week. The tests leave an open question about who will play there.

About the left wing, Víctor is missing Cani and it was speculated that Luisinho was going to play there, but on Saturday Luis Alberto received the medical okay to play as his evolution was fasted of what was expected, and he was even tested as a possible starter. So, there’s the chance he could keep his spot at the lineup.

The first team trains again on Sunday’s morning and the coach will release the roster for the game; the list of players might help to clear some of the doubts.

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