Jagoba’s first decisions

Osasuna and Seville They play the first League game of the 2022-23 season on Friday. The opening match of the tournament, the oldest ever played in the competition, prompts the first decisions to be made. Determinations that in these first weeks are going to have the great presence of footballers as the first obvious question to be elucidated.

Osasuna has worked, as pre-season preparation requires, with an appreciable list of footballers that Arrasate must now shape and allocate roles. Coach Rojillo had 29 players during these weeks of preparation – including Côté, who went to Sporting –. Some with the band of footballers between the first team and the reserve team –Herrando, Aimar Oroz and Iker Benito are in this status–, and others are waiting for their future to be defined –the case of Rober Ibáñez and his possible departure in Levante, but also Juan Pérez, Barbero and a few others–.

And now it’s time to put the first line-up on the table and first call the conclusions of the preparation. There are names that seem safe, except surprise, for the debut against Sevilla as Sergio Herrera, Nacho Vidal, David García, Manu Sánchez, Torró, Moncayola, Chimy Ávila and Budimir now seem to be a hard core on which the confidence of the coach . Another thing is that someone doesn’t walk fast enough or is conditioned by physical issues and that favors someone else’s role.

Around this great cornerstone, it seems that the circulation of the other newspapers will begin where the latest acquisitions will have their chance. In the few sessions he spent with the team, Moi Gómez established himself as a very interesting and versatile reinforcement. With the ability to play on the wing and more comfortable inside, Osasuna are undoubtedly improving with the contributions of a quality footballer who, in principle, should provide more gunpowder for the last third of the pitch, where correct decision-making and the spark make the difference. Rubén Peña is the other versatile signing – winger and right winger – and more than in the case of Moi Gómez, his presence in the XI will depend on the role Arrasate wants to give him.

Coming to the first match in good shape is another of the differentiating facts and which plays in favor in this case of the young players who have joined this pre-season. Particularly significant was the appearance of Pablo Ibañez, the silent footballer who slipped into a first team making an uneventful path and who arrives on the day of the debut showing good feelings and, in addition, scoring.

The coach must make decisions with the players and also define his system for this first appearance. Osasuna handles comfortably in several registers – the common point at the time of Arrasate is even to change in the same game -, but there is no doubt that the 1-4-1-4-1 was a discovery, especially for the contribution of Chimy’s frenzy from the right flank. The Argentinian gave undeniable vigor to the team and sharpened their profile in the squad. How the team is painted will also affect certain names. he


The team. Arrasate sets the call and formation for the debut against Sevilla. In pre-season it has used 29 players, although some do not count for the Championship as they seek a way out.

The system. The definition of the system by which the technicians bet will also influence the distribution of the roles of the first team holder of the championship.

Last league. Last season’s starting side for the league opener against Espanyol (0-0) was formed by Sergio Herrera; Nacho Vidal, Unai García, David García, Rubén García; Barja, Moncayola, Nougat, Darko; Kike Garcia and Budimir.

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