With the birth of the second round, Xisco Muñoz implemented the system of three central defenders that he has maintained, with some variation during the matches, in force during the eight games played. In his spirit, improve the defensive performance of SD Huesca and provide it with an anchor with which to refine the offensive instruments. In search of that growth, the azulgranas maintain some constants that continue without bringing them closer to the dream goal of the ‘play off’ and they do place them on a par with the performance they already showed in the first part of the championship. The average of points is similar and they receive more goals. They also score more, 14 goals compared to 22 of the first 21 commitments.
The team from Huesca began to put this new system into practice during Girona’s visit on January 2, two months ago now. The defeat (0-1) did not change the direction of Xisco Muñoz, who worked at the beginning of the year in parallel to the gradual arrival of the winter signings. Both factors, the new drawing and the novelties, were intimately related. It has been demonstrated by the settlement in the starting elevens of Timor and Pablo Martínez in the center of the field, Poveda in the attack point and Gerard Valentín in the right lane, with a minor participation of Lago Junior. The immediate objective was the accumulation of positive results, which has not occurred: They have not been able to chain victories and the tables have been turned, with a reliable Huesca in El Alcoraz and weaker away.
In these eight games, four at home and another four away, Huesca has received ten goals, three at home and seven away. The contrast indicates that with this system in force, those of Xisco Muñoz are more comfortable and dominate when they have the ball and are, in contrast, vulnerable to attacks from rivals. The maximum expression of the former occurred in the thrashing of Cartagena (0-3) and Mirandés (4-0), with a clear tendency to improve in the second half. The defeats in El Alcoraz against Girona and Ponferradina (1-2) also reflect that the defensive growth is more eloquent in the stadium, since the Catalans only shot three times on goal and those of Bierzo twice, those of the goals.
It is far from home where the problems from the feast in Cartagonova have been reflected. After that match, Huesca has only added one point out of a possible nine away, with five goals for and seven against. The first underlines the positive fact that it is the second highest scoring team in the second round after Ibiza. The first is what has prevented him from winning boots of greater depth. The defeats with Eibar (2-1) and Ibiza (2-1) and the tie in Oviedo (3-3) contain a collection of defensive errors that could only be answered at the Carlos Tartiere to draw.
Away from home, the azulgranas received three times as many shots on goal, 18 for the six at El Alcoraz. It is an overall balance of goals against worse than that of the first round, since then 20 were conceded in 21 games, less than one on average. The azulgranas have added 10 points in the second round of the 24 at stake, 41.6% of the total in a statistic that touches on that of the first round, in which 27 points were added, 42.85% of those at stake. The requirement if you want to qualify for sixth place, now six points away, is much higher. In 13 days around nine wins are required.