AS have now spoken in glowing terms about Bryan Gil for the way he has taken up more defensive responsibility as Jorge Sampaoli continues to tweak his formations in light of Sevilla’s injuries.

In his first start back at Sevilla, Gil featured in a rather unusual formation, which Sampaoli himself describes it as a ‘3-1-6’ (Marca).

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The 22-year-old played as an out-and-out left-winger with the ball while dropping deep to make it a back five out of possession.

Not only did Gil help Sevilla keep a clean sheet but he also looked menacing in attack and scored the home side’s second goal after getting on the end of Jesus Navas’ cross to tap home from close range.

Speaking after the win over Mallorca, Sampaoli praised the on-loan Tottenham man’s work rate and the way he coped with the demands of the new formation (Marca).

AS now report that playing in that role was a ‘unprecedented experience’ for the winger, who had the ‘whole band’ on the left for himself, leaving himself with plenty of ‘defensive obligations’.

The publication states that Gil more than delivered on what he was asked to and adds that his performance was particularly impressive since he came up against Pablo Maffeo, who has been one of the best full-backs in La Liga this season.

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This perhaps begs the question as to whether Conte could have tried out Gil in the left wing-back role. However, one can understand why the Italian decided against doing so as he expects his wing-backs to be physically strong enough to win most of their duals.

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