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THE SEVEN KEYS FOR SUCCESS

21 Oct 2009
Seven are the keys that have led Deportivo to be living at the Champions League places; the list was published by newspaper La Opinión A Coruña and the following is the translation of the article.

Depor lost its two best strikers of the past season –Lafita and Verdú- and only signed an unknown Brazilian midfielder that Lotina watched in a video and a Colombian defender that haven’t had any minute so far. In the paper the team was some steps behind the team that was close to reach the UEFA on the past season, but that’s now living in the Champions League zone. What are the keys for this amazing behaviour?

1- A GOOD ENVIRONMENT AT THE LOCKER ROOM
It’s the first thing emphasised by the coach and the players, everybody is feeling involved in the cause and no one is complaining about their own problems. Aranzubia, Lopo, Filipe and Guardado are the fixed starters, the rest are going in and out of the squads and no one has protested. The balance in the changing room is  pillar in the project of Lotina. “Who is going to say anything if the three captains (Manuel Pablo, Sergio and Valerón? have been on the bench without complaining?” Lotina asked to reporters a few weeks ago.

2- TACTICAL WORK
One of the strengths of this Deportivo is that the group has been practically the same. It’s the same coaching staff and the 4-2-3-1 figure has been the same in almost all the official matches. This means that Depor’s players already know what they must do, they are playing by memory, a block that does not depend on individualities, but of the collectivity. Coloccini left and the defence was better than before. Verdú and Lafita left and the team is still scoring goals. Lassad, the revelation of the past campaign, is not appearing and Depor is  not suffering from it.

3- SOLIDARITY
“Ten Gatussos and one goalkeeper”. That phrase seems to be the slogan of this team.. Against Sevilla it was demonstrated what the team can do if everybody is united searching for the same goal. It was the triumph of the collectivity over the individual performance. The team knows that the aids are important in order to achieve an objective, that’s why is normal to see two or three players marking a lonely rival, something that complicates the game of the opponent.

4- PHYSICAL WORK
The solidarity on the pitch needs to have a team on shape. That’s where Eduardo Domínguez appears, because Depor’s physical trainer has been able to keep the pace in a team that  played three competitions on the past season, and almost without serious injury cases.

5- THE STRATEGY
One of the issues more emphasised by the media. Six of the eleven goals scored by the team (the 55%) have been conquered after the team took a set-piece. Lotina and Ribera have been working on the strategy since the pre-season and it’s working out. A key thing for this has been the arrival of Juca, who has been involved in five of the six goals scored in strategic plays.

6- A WINNING MENTALITY
It has been said that the Superdepor was born on October 3rd, 1992, day in which Arsenio Iglesias’ Depor came back from behind to defeat Real Madrid at the Riazor (3-2), and this Depor also has a born date: January, 27th 2008, day I which the team defeated Valladolid at home (3-1) starting its resurrection that led to the qualification to the UEFA and the solid work of the past season, a point of inflection that meant to switch into a winning mentality.

7- PHYSCOLOGICAL WORK
Lotina is a “mentalizer”, a coach that understands that football is a mental state. Since some months ago he is working with a physiologist, Joaquín Dosil, who has helped Lafita and Filipe on their careers. With the pass of time, Lotina has delegated the tactical work on Ribera, while he focuses his job in personal conversations with the players and about keeping the winning mentality of the team.

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