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THE AWAY KINGDOM

14 Feb 2006
Deportivo is living one of their best seasons as visitors, but the home campaign has been poor and it's the main reason why the Galicians don't occupy an European spot at this point. The secret for the success away from the Riazor is the defensive solidity, but the problems in the striking zone are affecting the performance at home.

Until last campaign the best record of Deportivo away from the Riazor occurred in the season 1996/97, on that occasion the Galicians achieved 34 points thanks to nine wins, seven draws and only five defeats. On the present campaign the squad has conquered 21 points with six victories, three draws and two defeats. In this sense, Depor could surpass their historical record if they are able to achieve 14 points in the 8 visits that they have to pay (Osasuna, Barcelona, Getafe, Real Madrid, Villarreal, C??diz, Espanyol and Alav?Šs.)

The main reason of this positive run is the solidity in defence, the Galician team has only allowed ten goals in those eleven visits, a mark that on the current campaign is only improved by Real Madrid (8) and Valencia (9). In fact the 21 points achieved are only surpassed by the 23 conquered by Barcelona and Real Madrid. Historically, the best record of goals allowed occurred in the season 1993-94 (the one of Djukic's penalty), in that occasion the squad received 11 goals  in 19 away matches.

But the home record is truly disappointing, so far the team has only conquered 15 points thanks to four wins, three draws and five defeats. It's a very similar record to the last season's one, but is far from the performance showed in the recent past. Between the seasons 1992/93 and 2003/04 the squad always won at least 11 matches at the Riazor, the only exception was the 1997/98 campaign when Depor won only 9 matches.

The main issue affecting the performance at home is the lack of goals at the Riazor, so far the squad has only scored 13 goals in 12 matches. The average of 1.08 goal per game is the worse since the last relegation to Segunda (season 1972/73). In fact, Depor has scored more goals in the away games (18). The solidity in defence seems also to vanish at the Riazor, the squad has allowed 15 goals so far, only three less than the worst home team of la liga (Alav?Šs).

Deportivo will have seven more games at the Riazor in order to correct the situation: Zaragoza, Real Sociedad, M??laga, Racing, Sevilla, Celta and Athletic Bilbao. Of this group only Celta and Sevilla are currently in a better position on the table; however, the team has faced difficulties with clubs occupying a worst place in the table as the examples of Espanyol, Mallorca and Alav?Šs indicates.


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