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SAME OLD PROBLEM

07 Oct 2008
The strikers of Deportivo have only scored one goal on the present season, it’s the same old problem that has affected the Galician squad since some years ago. Another thing that hasn’t changed is that Deportivo continues to depend on the strategic plays. And it’s that three of the five goals in liga came with the head and after a set-piece.

Only the strikers of Valladolid have scored fewer goals than the ones at Deportivo, actually they haven’t scored yet after six matchdays in liga. Lotina’s team has scored five goals on this liga season, but only one of them was conquered by a striker, it was Mista after the ex-Valencia scored in the opening game against Real Madrid.

Since that moment the strikers at the Galician team have remained in silence, the other four goals have been conquered by a defender (Lopo) and by two midfielders (Pablo Alvarez –own goal at the end- and Lafita). Angel Lafita is the current Pichichi in the squad with two goals. There’s a huge difference comparing the situation to other teams, because leaders Valencia, Villarreal and Sevilla have important strikers like David Villa (6 goals on the liga season), Llorente (3), Chevant??n (2) and Luis Fabiano (2).

The situation of Depor is just comparable to the one of teams fighting to survive in Primera. Like Numancia, Osasuna and Recreativo de Huelva. These three teams also shares with Depor the problem of only having one goal in the account of their strikers: Gorka Brit with Numancia, Portillo with Osasuna and Javi Guerrero with Recreativo.

To make things worse the situation is repeated in the UEFA cup. So far Deportivo has scored four times in Europe and only one of those goals was conquered by a striker. In the series against Brann, the two goals were scored by a defender (Colotto), while in the series with Hajduk Split, Riki scored one of the two goals as the other was conquered by playmaker Verd??.

So far Riki is the player that has had more playing time between UEFA and liga, while the second place has been for Omar Bravo, forward that arrived for the present season and that haven’t scored yet during an official match.
 
The numbers of Depor’s strikers in liga and UEFA:

Player

Minutes

Goals

Riki

366

1

Omar Bravo

333

0

Mista

273

1

Bodipo

125

0

Xisco

23

0

Another thing that has been repeated compared to past years is the importance of the strategic plays at Deportivo. Of the five goals scored in la liga, three were conquered through a set-piece and also using the head: the header of Mista against Real Madrid after a free-kick of Guardado, the header of Lopo against Real Madrid after a corner-kick of Guardado, and the header of Lafita against Numancia after a free-kick of Sergio.

This characteristic in the goals scored by Depor has been repeated in the UEFA Cup. Of the four goals scored so far in this competition, three came in stationary plays: the penalty of Verd?? against Hajduk Split and the two headers of Colotto against Brann after a corner-kick.


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