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La Liga club Deportivo Alaves fires coach Gianni de Biasi

De Biasi left Albania's national team this year after leading it to its first major tournament, the 2016 European Championship.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 28, 2017 14:01 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES A file image of Gianni De Biasi

Spanish football club Deportivo Alaves have confirmed the sacking of first-team coach Gianni de Biasi following their 1-2 defeat at home to Eibar in the La Liga. The defeat on Saturday has been blamed on the coach's over-defensive strategy, which eventually left them with just 6 points from 13 matches, reports Xinhua.

Those points came during the Italian's two months in charge of the club after replacing Luis Zubeldia, who was sacked after Alaves' first four games of the campaign.

Di Biasi took over on September 25 and led Alaves to two league wins (against Levante and Espanyol) and a victory in the King's Cup away to Getafe, but suffered five defeats against Betis, Real Sociedad, Valencia, Getafe and Eibar. The club is currently bottom of the table.

Assistant coach Javier Calleja has been placed as a temporary charge of the team as he was following Zubeldia's sacking and will be in the dugout for the return leg in the Cup against Getafe this week.

De Biasi was hired after Luis Zubeldia was fired in September. He coached Alaves in eight matches for three wins and five losses. It is last in the 20-team league.

De Biasi left Albania's national team this year after leading it to its first major tournament, the 2016 European Championship. Alaves impressed last season by finishing mid-table in the Spanish league and making it to the Copa del Rey final.

(With AP Inputs)

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