Malaga and Alaves ; Two Teams sharing Doldrums

A month including three games into the La Liga season, no points for these two decent sides; the lowest ebb of any form a campaign could start. How did it come to this? Self inflicted or uncontrollable circumstances? Would they be able to make a leeway out of this? Would ‘heads roll’? I decided to dive into these uncertainties giving an insight into what’s going on and wrong with Alaves and Malaga.

Form Guide
Quite noisome, 1 – 0 loses to Leganes and Celta Vigo sandwiches a home defeat to League leaders Barcelona conceding four and yet to make the opponent’s net rustle.
The Celta Vigo game will probably be the most hurting after they were the better team for most part but could not just break the Celeste.
What’s happening on the pitch?
If commitments and attitude could be converted to points, Alaves should have been right up there. Although, defensive frailties has been the flashpoint of the Victoria Gasteiz Club, they seem to be in the control of things in a moment then switch off in the next. A good reference to this was Messi’s brace smashing  them in a hard way when Barcelona visited. Their attack is quite decent on paper with Tomas Pina, Oscar Romero and Guigui in the mix with Bojan Krkic up top, they get into decent positions where they can do damage but it is that final pass, touch or shot that has been lacking.
Is their start a surprise?
YES, very much so, this time last year, Alaves were five points to the good;, stalemate against Atlético Madrid and Sporting Gijon before that famous 1 – 2 win at the Camp Nou taking them to the belly of the table. They did not lose a game until the end of September losing 2 – 0 at the Mestalla.
How was the Transfer Market?
Arguably, the reason why every one is going soft on Alaves is because of the exodus of key components and players leaving the team bereft of real quality as it stands. The signing of Bojan looked to have assuaged some crevasses but the Spaniard has shown why Stoke City was not willing to make him stay. Who ever sanctioned the move to make Rodrigo Ely’s loan deal permanent might be kicking himself – very wooden signing so far.
Is the coach on a tight rope?
Club chairman, Alfonso Troconiz has recently reiterated that he is behind Argentine Coach Luis Zubeldia, most of the time when superiors say this, the end is usually near for the Coach but I genuinely think Troconiz understands the circumstances and would want to give the gaffer a whale of time to wriggle out this ‘ordeal’. Zubeldia, just 36, knows that he needs to start getting the results ASAP or risks going back to South America.
Are subsequent fixtures favorable?
The Mendizorroza outfit have a tough run of games when they take on Villarreal, Deportivo, Real Madrid and Levante in their next four fixtures and they have a chance of getting points off not more than two of these teams. Could have excluded Real Madrid but Zidane’s men are in a little dip recently and Alaves can fancy themselves to grab a point at least.
Form Guide
Pipped 1 nil against Eibar and Girona, thereafter succumbing to a disappointing 1 – 3 lose to Las Palmas at the Rosaleda. Michel and  his players have started their season with unprecedented and immense pressure, the last thing they would have wanted on their plate following an uninspiring 11th place finish last season ; and it’s looking really ugly.
What’s happening on the pitch?
The Albicelestes have been disjointed and disoriented defensively, tardy and prosaic in the midfield, lack the cutting edge in attack. It is total wreckage as it stands with ‘Michel and cohorts’. A Local newspaper in Malaga even went ahead saying they played like a ‘bunch of randomly assembled boys from vicinages’ after the loss to Las Palmas. It was that bad. The Gaffer’s continual shuffling of the team has been his Achilles heel so far especially with the defence, after using three different backlines in three games breeding a high level of tailspin and vague aura amongst players.
Is their a surprise to the start?
Last time Malaga won in its opening three fixtures in a La Liga season was in
2014 / 2015 season beating Bilbao 1 – 0. Since then, they have amassed a paltry 5 points out of a possible 33 (draw 5,lose 6). They are massively known for slow starting their campaign especially in recent years even though they have never been this poor in terms of not getting a point on the board. Some fans are a tad bit concerned.
 How was the transfer market?
It’s no news that Malaga has nose dived in the ability to really push in the transfer market since they went bankrupt 5 years ago. Most of the players are generally not up to scratch this term, the fact that most players Malaga brought in were through loans says it’s own stories. It’s never an excuse for a bad run or devastating results but it’s really difficult to think those players have it in them to go unbridled and get their league started.
Captain Carlos Pozo (Lecio) and Defender Rosales have it all to do.
Is the coach on a tight rope?
There are rumors that the Malaga board are seriously having a thought about replacing the ex Getafe coach. In the wake of results not going their way, players seems to have been questioning the coaching regime and tactics.
Reports though suggests its only a matter of time before Abdullah Al Thani caves in to the players demand to oust Michel.
Are Subsequent fixtures favorable?
The silent uproar and rancor in the Malaga camp plus the quality of the antithesis they are going to play makes the future look really bleak at the moment. Firstly, they visit a well drilled Diego Simeone’s side at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium before they lock horns with a resurgent Valencia three days later then rounding off the week with a home fixture against unbeaten Atlético Bilbao.
These are fixtures bigwigs in the league don’t wish for. Can Malaga beat the odds?

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