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THE DREAM STILL ALIVE

17 Mar 2009
The defeat at El Molin??n was a step backwards for Deportivo as the team lost the sixth place in the table, but the European dream still alive as the UEFA zone is just one point away, while the Champions League is three points above the Galicians.

Depor’s players are pretty conscious that the defeat in Gij??n has meant a lost opportunity to climb into the Champions League positions. But at the same time, they are aware the fight is not over yet. As Juan Rodr?­guez explained it after Monday’s training, "No matter the defeat, we are just one point below UEFA and three under the Champions League zone. It was a big opportunity and now we must go out for everything against Betis. It is not the right time to feel sorry, but to correct errors."

And it’s that the battle for Europe continues in la liga, Deportivo lost against Sporting Gij??n, but the draw of Malaga against Sevilla, and the defeat of Villarreal at Atletico Madrid has tighten up the things. After 27 matchdays, the difference between the fourth spot and the eight is just of five points, while Real Valladolid is joining the list of teams aspiring to Europe thanks to is victory against Getafe.

The current table:

Place

Team

Points

Goal difference

1

Barcelona

66

54

2

Real Madrid

60

32

3

Sevilla

51

13

4

Villarreal

45

6

5

Atletico

43

15

6

Malaga

43

5

7

Deportivo

42

0

8

Valencia

40

7

9

Valladolid

39

-1

The table shows that Deportivo still only one game away from the European positions (one point from UEFA, three from the Champions League). An important thing is that the calendar still favourable for Lotina’s team. On Sunday, Depor hosts Real Betis at the Riazor, team that’s always difficult to beat no matter its current situation, but more difficult is the state of Malaga FC, direct rival that will face Barcelona, Real Madrid and Villarreal in the next three matchdays.

Also difficult is the case of Real Valladolid, team that’s starting the �Tourmalet’ on the weekend (Sevilla, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Villarreal). Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid visits Real Mallorca, team that’s living its best moment on the season with six straight games without losing, while Valencia is visiting the always tough El Sardinero stadium in order to face Racing Santander.

Another thing to emphasise is that Depor still seventh in the table of the second round, curiously tied with Atletico Madrid, Malaga and Villarreal, its main rivals for the European places.

The first ten places after eight matchdays in the second round:

Place

Team

Points

Goal difference

1

Real Madrid

22

18

2

Barcelona

16

8

3

Valladolid

16

3

4

Mallorca

15

4

5

Osasuna

13

3

6

Sevilla

13

1

7

Deportivo

12

4

8

Atletico

12

3

9

Malaga

12

1

10

Villarreal

12

-1

ARCHIVE NEWS MARCH/09

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