Pizzi likes Oltra’s style

Deportivo de La Coruna winger Pizzi says the way boss Jose Luis Oltra plays the game suits his style down to the ground.

The 22-year-old winger, who has arrived at Riazor on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid, was on loan from Braga at the Vicente Calderon last term but Atleti secured a further 12-month agreement with his parent club and immediately farmed him out on a similar arrangement to the Galicians.

“Oltra wants me to play out wide on the left so I can receive the ball and take on opponents in one-on-one situations, whilst also helping out defending,” Pizzi told a Press conference.

“What he asks of me suits my style of play and hopefully I can help the team when it needs me.”

However, the Portuguese-born player insists he is not a direct replacement for Andres Guardado, who joined Valencia on a free transfer over the summer.

“I am not going to be a replacement for Guardado because he is a great player, although it’s true that we both play in the same position, but I don’t see myself as his substitute,” he explained.

“The fans will expect a lot from me and hope I can do things as well as Guardado, but there is no pressure on me.

“I have come here to help the team and to have a good season.”

Pizzi, who had spells with Ribeirao, Covilha and Pacos Ferreira since signing for Braga from his local club Braganca in 2007, made just 11 La Liga appearances for Atleti in the 2011-12 campaign, scoring once when coming on as a substitute for Tiago in a 3-2 defeat of Levante.

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