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WHAT THE PAPERS WROTE : OSASUNA VS. DEPORTIVO

21 Apr 2008
The fact that Depor achieved its fourth straight win in la liga was a thing emphasised by the media, but the papers weren't impressed with the performance of Deportivo and specially with the changes implemented by Lotina in the starting formation. In Pamplona, papers were feeling sorry for the problems lived by Ziganda's squad during the last three matches at home.

La Voz de Galicia: After hiding the line-up throughout the week, Miguel Angel Lotina surprised in Pamplona altering his 5-4-1 with a very static 5-3-2, with Taborda and Xisco up front and Wilhelmsson as the only link ahead of Sergio and De Guzman. Judging for what we saw at Reyno de Navarra, the option should be considered as a debatable decision despite its effectiveness. The Swedish had to make his work plus the one of Lafita, and the pitch was endless for him, while up front the entrance of the Uruguayan was trying to compensate the aerial game and the options of Osasuna using the direct football.

For the rudeness tactic implemented by both teams, the match was reduced almost exclusively to two plays. The one of Deportivo, searching for long balls to Taborda, so he could extended it to Xisco. And the approach of Osasuna, exploiting the weaknesses of Deportivo's defensive zone in the side of Barragan, searching later for a cross to the area and the secondary play in the rebounds.

For Los Blanquiazules, the change in the scheme of the coach wasn't a good thing. By losing the mobility of Lafita, it ended without an exit, and also gave the centre of the pitch to its rival by a shortage of players in the wide area. Deportivo lost control of the game and therefore, the ball possession and the initiative in the match. For that reason, the side defenders had enormous difficulties to attack, so the Galicians were also playing without wings, limited to a direct football that was barely profitable. Neither Xisco, absolutely fateful, nor Taborda.

Osasuna was working better, although also within its tactic simplicity. Vela found spaces in the side of Barragan, and Sergio and Lopo had to multiply themselves during the coverings. Most of the Navarran attacks arrived by that particular side, especially during the first half, and of the secondary plays, the home players obtained countless free-kicks that Depor defended really badly. To be realistic, the game was moving inexorably towards a 0-0 until Filipe hunted a counterattack, relied on Xisco and forced a penalty which is worth three points. A play obtained from the 'Tabordista script', a long ball with a prolongation, and therefore an action that should be considered as exceptional. Rather a miracle. The only counterattack of the game leaves Deportivo at the gates of the Intertoto. Alfonso Andrade.  

La Opinion A Coru�a: Miguel Angel Lotina changed the line-up and with it, the system that has been used lately. The entrance of Taborda instead of Angel Lafita moved Wilhelmsson towards the centre in order to play behind the Uruguayan and Xisco. The sides were cleared for the attempts from Filipe Luis and Barragan, and the work of containment in the centre of the spinal cord was the responsibility of Julian de Guzman and Sergio. With this positioning, the game of Deportivo became the most basic in recent times. The options for reaching the goal of Ricardo were based in long balls to the Uruguayan, who should extend it to the position of Xisco. Arrivals by the sides, during the first part, were limited to a couple of appearances by Filipe and Barragan. The Brazilian enjoyed of the best opportunity.

Nothing changed after the break. Lotina maintained its approach hoping that Osasuna was neglecting its back zone in order to kill the game with a counterattack. Something that occurred with an attack of Filipe who ended on the ground after he entered to the box. The penalty was transformed by the infallible Sergio and the three points no longer moved from the Blanquiazul side. The modification of Lotina prevented Osasuna to exploit one of its virtues. Deportivo resigned to possess the ball and with that action, it prevented Los Rojillos to surprise Depor's defensive zone out of  place. Although the team of Jose Angel Ziganda enjoyed of the ball possession during more minutes than the Galicians, again it became obvious that its players are not gifted to break a defence well positioned. Only a couple of actions, precisely after two lost balls, put in real danger the goal of Aouate. The rest of the game was always controlled by the work of Depor's defenders.

The biggest mistake of Depor was the speed with which the visitors lost the ball after the innocent attacks  of Osasuna. The midfielders failed too much in actions that were theoretically very simple and this prevented to see the ball arriving to both strikers. What we saw yesterday was a gap in the good game that Deportivo has been deploying lately, but the final result justifies the changes made by the coach. Arturo Pati�o.

AS: Yesterday's game at Reyno de Navarra perfectly summarised the difference between a winner and a loser streak. The one of Deportivo is of course, the winning one. With very little football, with only a tenth part of the occasions enjoyed in previous matches, and with a doubtful penalty, it took three points that are useful in order to dream. Three points that mean the fourth consecutive victory in la liga (something which has not occurred in almost five years). Three points that put the Galicians in Intertoto after the dramatic sprint of the leader during the second round. Three points that leaves Deportivo just five above the UEFA zone and when there are still five matchdays to end the competition. Who was going to say!

The other side, the sad part, is Osasuna. The Navarrans will have to suffer in their fight, which was the same one of Depor a month ago: to stay in Primera. Ziganda's side lost yesterday its third consecutive game at Reyno de Navarra, once again with a 0-1 score. For the third consecutive game, they were better than the opponent, but its lack of aim is the reason for their condemnation. Yesterday's defeat also arrived in a controversial move, confused. Filipe, secure in defence and incisive in attack, entered into Ricardo's area as an arrow. Cruchaga, who ran after him, stumbled?, did he touched him? ... Who knows. The case is that the referee whistled the penalty, a play that decided the game.

If the penalty was blurry, its transformation, no. Sergio, which in recent games has risen his rank to field marshal, defined with class, cold-blooded and plasticity. The Catalan, who already have five goals on this season, made a 'paradinha', two, while Ricardo was winning meters to narrow spaces. But Sergio wasn't shaking and nailed the ball at the centre. A penalty of him against Levante gave encouragement for survival at the end of December. Four months later, those same eleven meters, are already useful in order to enter into Europe.

And all of this on the day in which Lotina decided to experiment with the system. For the first time since he started to play with three central defenders, he opted for two strikers: Xisco and Taborda. The tactical scheme was close to the real 'Superdepor', but its football not. First because the sacrificed option was Lafita, a player at his best during past matches. Secondly, because when Taborda is on the pitch, it seems that the only resource is the long ball to the front, or the extension of the Uruguayan attacker, and let's see what happens. The issue of arriving with the side defenders by the wings in order to send crosses, a chimera. The movements also carried Wilhelmsson to the centre, environment in which he doesn't feel completed. If Deportivo had nine goals in the last three matches and was creating countless occasions,  yesterday, with the experiment of Lotina, it was more close to the stage of decrepitude. But, Aouate was very secure and defence was well placed, mostly for the positioning of Pablo Amo. Luis De La Cruz.

Diario de Noticias (Navarra): The story of terror is repeated. Osasuna failed to digest its recent local matches and despite the repetition of the scripts, Ziganda and his players are unable to leave their assigned role of condemn and tense team, engaged in a story of terror, fear and tension in the search for the permanence. Osasuna lost against Deportivo in a encounter already seen in here, with a commanding team, with opportunities and will -superior, if you will, in general terms- ending defeated by a poor and organised opponent, capable of capitalising one of its few appearances. Three straight games with a similar development, in which an active Osasuna with arguments, was followed by a discouraged and dismantled team as soon as the first goal was scored. A reaction was demanded to Los Rojillos and there wasn't. The repetition of the script in three straight matchdays appoints that coincidence couldn't be the explanation for this disgrace, and although it maintains the fatality as final feeling, it's also certified that things are not going well now that there isn't room for the errors.

Yesterday, Osasuna stated along with its strengths, its weaknesses. The problem with the goal, rather, with the 'no goal', it's evident in this team, as is the painful difficulty of the reaction. Deportivo, a mastodon in defence by the assembly of bodies in a small area of the pitch, was lucky because its ridiculous offensive approach -one shot on goal throughout the match- was encouraged with a penalty that was only saw by the referee and that was scored by Sergio. Depor was favoured by a circumstance, a fatal thing for Osasuna, but it was also for the brace mental state of collapse in which the team was plunged, a squad that doesn't know how to react in its own stadium. Other final is awaiting for Osasuna, the one at Valencia. Javier Saldise.

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