Didn't you play 4-4-2 against Villarreal? Forlan and Aguero up top, Reyes and Elias on the wings, and Tiago and Mario in the middle. Unless you consider Elias a midfielder since he was playing central a bit?
It's only a 4-4-2 when the team defends, otherwise both Elías and Reyes have free roles. Elías isn't a winger, he's more of a left-sided midfielder in a 4-3-3 who leaves his position, drives in centrall and then makes runs off the ball which is something he did at Corinthians as well.
What's the deal with Juanfran?
Guy seems pissed, he never plays aside from right when he was purchased.
Didn't Quique ask for him?
Quique asked for a winger, Gil Marín and García Pitarch signed Juanfran, he said it was ok. Right now though, we're playing with a winger on the right side of the pitch, Reyes and something of a left-midfielder in Elías who opens up the whole left-wing for Filipe Luís who's used to have a whole wing to himself. He provides plenty of offensive threat but we still need a proper winger as I don't think Juanfran is enough to replace Simão who was so important to us.
Allright, so we're ahead after the first 45 minutes. We should've been a goal down though. M'Bami had a shot right away on De Gea which he saved, then he also had a cross into the penalty-area where our right side didn't control him. Forlán had a good opportunity to score a couple of minutes later, but his shot was straight at Diego Alves who made a easy save. Crusat tried to give Almería the lead and it wouldn't have been unfair some ten minutes later, his shot was saved in a great fashion by De Gea who's having a top-game. Also, besides that, they've also had two more chances through Ulloa, the first a brilliant pass from our left-side which De Gea ended up making a great save on, the second is a marking howler by the defenders who basically lost two or three players in the penalty-area after a freekick, Ulloa again, De Gea again.
Kun scored the first goal, brilliant pass by Tiago who's having another very good game so far.
The big negative is our marking and sometimes passing. The marking is ridicolously poor, we have to fix that otherwise we'll end up conceding a goal in the second half as they're strong in the air and have good crossers of the ball.
Our best players in the first half have been; 1) De Gea, 2) Tiago 3) Elías and at times guys like Kun, Filipe and Forlán who's looked much more comfortable.