Leganés has managed to minimize their main concern when, just over two weeks ago, Mehdi Nafti replaced Asier Garitano as coach of the pepineros. The defensive weakness had become a serious problem that, after three games with the Franco-Tunisian in charge, seems to have been resolved, at least in part. In this period, the pepineros have conceded only one goal and a penalty, with two consecutive clean sheets. (something unpublished this course) that shield the spirit of the team, once depressed by its inability to suppress rival attacks. Both, by the way, happened with Asier Riesgo at the finish line, the result of the confidence that Nafti has once again given to the Gipuzkoan.
During this course finish off the Leganes It is being complicated, but almost certainly synonymous with a goal when it happens. Explained with figures: Leganés is the team that least shot in Second, only 147 times in 16 games, eight shots less than the next team in this classification, Las Palmas, and 36 less than the leader, Almería, have been shot 183 times.
It happens, however, that more than a third of those shots go between clubs (51) and that of them, 19 ended in a goal, which makes Leganés the 7th highest-scoring team in the category. In other words, Leganés is scored every 2.68 shots between clubs that they make. Too easy.
Few shots, many goals
There have been games in which even that average has dropped. Paradoxically, the match in which the rival did more damage with less was the debut of Nafti on the cucumber bench. Before him Cartagena, Leganés was finished off twice between sticks and ended with a goal against, although from a penalty, yes.
Something similar happened before him Lugo (two shots between clubs, one goal against), Tenerife (two shots between clubs, two goals against or Alcorcón (five shots between clubs, three goals against) or Almeria (a shot between clubs, a goal). All, by the way, Garitano’s last games at the head of the Blue and White team.
“There is room for improvement, for example, in the direct play of the rival. Also with the turnovers in their own field. This makes the group lose confidence. Set-piece situations… ”, he commented Nafti at his first post-match press conference. Later, he insisted on the path of defensive improvement as one of his keys. “We have to improve the forcefulness in our area. But to work that you need intensity in training and we haven’t had time ”, he analyzed regarding the briefness of the sessions as soon as he landed in Butarque.
Possession as defense
With this analysis on the table, the Leganes has worked on possession as a tool to avoid rival shots, something that has been seen in duels against Huesca and Oviedo, two of the meetings in which the team has had a greater efficiency in passing (84 and 79%) and especially in their own field (90% in both cases). In this homework Tough (above 90% in both games) has become a key player. The man from Malaga is now the undisputed starter and the team plays to the rhythm of his leisurely football, which minimizes the losses he was complaining about. Nafti.
In addition, the coach has opted for a recognizable defense, with hardly any rotations and firm in that forcefulness that he also demanded. In this role the role of Sergio Gonzalez it is also remarkable. The Madrilenian has hardly played in the initial section of the course, but with Nafti has already added two consecutive titles, the only central that with Bruno, He has played two games of the three that the new Blue and White coach adds.
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