Real Mallorca rolled over and had their tummy tickled by an Almeria side who began this game eight points behind us. They won this encounter at a canter, thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from their 21-year-old Brazilian prodigy Lazaro Vinicius. Mallorca were without six regulars and looked to be on a hiding to nothing before the game even started. Due to these absentees, coach Aguirre had picked four B team members to make up the numbers, however, none of them made an appearance on the pitch. The starting XI Aguirre picked had several players out of their usual starting position. Normal right back Maffeo was at left back and Antonio Sanchez, usually in mid field, played at right back. Our captain Antonio Raillo was missing through injury and he was sorely missed in a defence that had more holes in it than a Swiss cheese. We just couldn’t cope with the speed and trickery of hat-trick hero Lazaro.
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Monro, could not agree more with your comments. They were without ideas and seemingly motivation. The coach has kept them in La Primera but I remain unconvinced about his tactics, Mallorca are unable to mount proper attacks and sustain them. Not sure if it is total lack of ability on part of players, or the system they are required to play.