A Look at Our Rivals
T A C T I C S
After finishing 13th in the 18/19 La Liga with the 5th least amount of goals conceded, and following an important investment from the club by signing permanently the key players that had been on loan in the previous year (Omeruo, Braithwaite, Jonathan Silva) and adding the likes of Roque Mesa and Rosales, everything was bound to improve for Mauricio Pellegrino's Leganés. However, the start to the new campaign fell below expectations, with just 2 points in the first 9 games, and the Argentinian manager left in late October.
After having Luis Cembranos as interim coach, Javier Aguirre was appointed as Leganés' new manager. To be honest, the 'Pepineros' had been playing better than what their position in the table showed (20th), but they needed a change in mood. And for that there are few better than the energetic Mexican boss, who also is a flexible tactician.
As Aguirre admitted, this squad is built to play with a back 5, and he won't change it. What will he change, then? "The classification". That's the objective. Aguirre will continue with Pellegrino's job but adding the psychological work and context his footballers need. He knows that they are the worst team in the league, but will try to get his side to do what they do best.
In his debut against Real Sociedad (1–1), Aguirre experimented with 3 different attacks (single centre-forward, front 2 and front 3), but this is the XI I expect from him tomorrow, in a 5–3–2:
Rosales · Bustinza · Omeruo · Siovas · Jonathan Silva
Rubén Pérez · Roque Mesa · Óscar Rodríguez
En-Nesyri · Braithwaite
P L A Y E R T O W A T C H
Youssef En-Nesyri /
Leganés must find a way to exploit his talent. The 22-year-old Moroccan has a lot of room for improvement, and his first months of competition have been somewhat disappointing, but his ceiling is high. He hasn't celebrated any of his 2 goals so far and he won't do so until 'Lega' get out of the relegation zone. Let's hope at least that he doesn't get on the scoresheet tomorrow.
Aguirre should also look to optimise the quality of 21-year-old Madrid loanee Óscar Rodríguez and of striker Braithwaite.