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21 Oct 2010
Against Osasuna Deportivo improved the faculty of having more scoring opportunities, but still missing to concrete the chances. Currently the Galicians are the less effective team in la liga.

Despite that Deportivo still without achieving a victory on the season, there was something that improved in the past game with Osasuna: the number of shots on target. In the first six matches in liga the team had an average of 13.3 attempts to score, than number was doubled for the last match at the Riazor as Lotina’s team had 23 scoring opportunities.

And for the first time on the season Deportivo reached the mark of eleven shots on target, while in the previous games the only opportunity in which the team was close to this number was on the home game with Getafe, occasion in which Depor made ten shots on goal. Actually, Lotina’s Deportivo was the second team with more attempts to score in the matchday, only surpassed by Racing Santander (24).

But this statistic has a double face, because the attempts were useless as in the end Deportivo was unable to score a goal, which clearly demonstrates the lack of aim at the team, something that it isn’t new. And it’s that Depor is the Primera team that needs more shoots on target to score a goal. In the first seven liga matches Depor has made 82 shots, and has only scored three goals, which means an average of  one goal every 27 attempts.

That’s the worst average at Primera División, the other teams with a poor mark are Racing Santander (25), Osasuna (20) and Zaragoza (19), while the best teams in this department are Atletico Madrid (6), Malaga (6), Valencia (7), Real Madrid (9) and Barcelona (9).

And Lotina, no matter the lack of aim, is planning to give continuity to the squad that faced Osasuna. The Basque coach confirmed on Wednesday that his present idea for the coming game against Real Sociedad is to use the same eleven men that faced the Navarrans during the past weekend, with the only modification of Lopo, who is suspended for the match.

It is expected that Ze Castro will claim the spot at the centre of the defence, but the fact of having Riki available could be a tempting choice for the coach, because the Madrilenian attacker was the Pichichi on last season and could be the medicine that the coach needs in order to cure the so commented lack



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