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THE THIRD WORST TEAM IN EUROPE

04 May 2010
Deportivo has not only broke its negative record of more straight games without a win at Primera, but it also represents the third worst European team of the second round, this among the top leagues in the continent.

All kind of negative marks are appearing in the papers as Deportivo is living one of its worst second rounds at Primera División. Firstly, all the newspapers are analysing the ten straight matches that Depor has spent without adding a victory. That’s a record among the 39 seasons lived by Depor at the elite of Spanish football. Secondly, the team accumulates 449 minutes without scoring a goal, which is the worst mark since the season 2006/07 with Caparrós.

And the lack of goals shouldn’t be a surprise, especially taking in mind that Deportivo is the penultimate team at Primera in terms of shots on target: 121. Only CD Xérez presents a worst number (116). And it’s logical: without shots on target there are no goals. A lot has been said about the injuries and how these setbacks have affected the team, but the true is that the five strikers at the team (Riki, Adrian, Lassad, Bodipo and Mista) have performed within the last four games and Depor hasn’t been able to score any goal.

But the poor numbers of Deportivo are going beyond Spain, because among the top five leagues in Europe (England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France) the Galicians are completing the worst third mark in the second round. Lotina’s team has only added 10 points since matchday 20, which is their worst mark since the returning season to Primera División (1991/92).

As a way of comparison, only Burnley FC in England and AS Livorno Calcio in Italy have added lesser points in the period. Burnley has only added seven points (two wins, one draw and fifteen defeats) and accumulated  a negative mark of eight straight losses between matchday 26 & 33, which has led them back to the Football League Championship.

Meanwhile, Livorno is the current last place in Calcio and has only added eight points in the second round (one win, five draws and eleven defeats). Even other clubs with relegation problems in the top five European leagues have added more points than Deportivo: Hull City (11), Grenoble (12), Boulogne (13), Porstmouth (14), Siena (18), Hertha Berlin (17), Bochum (12) and Nuremberg (15).

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