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TACTICS: THE BALL POSSESSION

23 Jan 2016
Depor only had the ball possession in two of their last eight games, it hasn’t been a problem for the squad as the defensive solidity and the offensive effectiveness have brought the results, but the balance was broken recently.

Deportivo is a team that has learned to live without having the ball possession; the Galicians are the 4thn team in la liga with the lowest percentage in this department after 20 matchdays (46.8%), mark only above Getafe CF (46.4%), SD Eibar (44.8%) and Sporting Gijón (43.8%). And it’s that Los Blanquiazules only had the ball more time than the rival in two of the last eight matches (at home before SD Eibar and Villarreal CF)

But this hasn’t been a problem for coach Víctor Sánchez, because his tactic, beyond trying to have the ball, is related to have control in defence and later seize the opportunities in attack. And that’s what Depor did in the first part of the season in order to succeed.

At some point in the season Deportivo were among the top-five clubs in Europe’s main leagues with lesser chances conceded, while it was along the best offensive lines with a Lucas Pérez that even started to knock at the door of the national team.

The home game against Atlético illustrates the situation with Depor only having the 46% of the ball possession, but only allowing three shots on target, mainly as the defence contained the danger at the edge of the area, while the offensive seized one of the few chances created (seven shots in favour) to grab a point.



The heat map heat of the game Vs. Atlético Madrid. Source: Squawka


Clearest was the situation in the home clash with SD Eibar, one of the few in which Depor won and had the ball (52%) at the same time. The defence only conceded one shot on target, while the offense made thirteen shots to embrace a comfortable 2-0 win.



The heat map heat of the game Vs. Eibar. Source: Squawka

But things have been changing recently, Depor are still giving away the possession and at the same time it is conceding more shots while it is missing accuracy up front.  In the previous game with Real Sociedad the percentage in the ball possession was low (34%), the offense only capitalized one of the four shots on target, while the defence suffered allowing six shots on target, Lux had a lot of work and made five saves only in the first half, a record on the season.



The heat map heat of the game Vs. Real Sociedad. Source: Squawka


Clearly it is a matter of balance, Depor can survive without the ball possession, but it needs a well-placed defence that can reduce the number of opportunities for the rival, while at the same time the offense has to respond transforming into the goals the counterattacks and fast transitions that characterize this Deportivo.

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