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17 Nov 2010
A month ago Depor seemed like a dead team; now, and since matchday 07, it is among the best eight clubs in Spain, and curiously the results are coming in the moment when Lotina is using less foreign players.

Within matchdays 01 & 06 in la liga, Deportivo presented all kind of negative marks: the team with lesser number of points, the worst scorer at Primera División, the second worst defense of the tournament, one of the two teams without victories… but since then things have improved a lot, especially since the home match against RCD Espanyol.

And it’s that within the last seven matchdays in la liga Depor is sharing the seventh place with Villarreal in terms of points added (8), just surpassed by Real Madrid (15), Barcelona (15), Espanyol (10), Real Sociedad (9), Athletic Bilbao (9) and Sevilla (9).

In the same period the Galicians have only allowed four goals, which mean that they were the third best defensive line, just surpassed by Real Madrid and Barcelona (both with three goals allowed). The team also scored five goals, it isn’t among the top ten marks of the period, but it was enough to clinch several points as the Galician team has clinched three clean sheets within the last five games in the competition.

The fact of keeping a clean sheet is considered as a key in order to clinch good results, something explained by keeper Dani Aranzubia to reporters, “Within the last seasons the team has clinched several clean sheets. This year, despite the results haven’t been great, we are keeping that positive fact. For a goalkeeper is always better to clinch a clean sheet, and between Manu and I the team did it five times, and that’s a high number. It is a positive thing that we must try to keep.”

And the curious fact is that all of these positive numbers are coming exactly in the moment when coach Lotina is using the lesser number of foreign players. At the beginning of the season the Basque man was usually playing with Argentine Diego Colotto, Paraguayan Claudio Morel, Uruguayan Jonathan Urreta and Mexican Andrés Guardado, and in the end only Colotto has stayed at the lineups as the other three men were going out of the squads, mainly due to injury reasons.

The peak of the foreign participation at Depor’s lineups came at matchday five as Lotina used five foreign players during the 0-2 defeat at the Riazor against UD Almeria(Colotto, Rindarøy, Desmarets, Guardado and Lassad), while since the day against Espanyol the coach has never used more than two foreign players at the starting lineups, actually in the last two games the starting squads only had one men born outside of Spain: Colotto.

Compared to the rest of squads and taking apart the case of Athletic Bilbao and its policy of Basque players, Depor was, together with Levante,  the team with the lesser number of foreigners during the last matchday in liga, while other clubs like UD Almeria were even playing with nine men born outside of Spain.

It might be just a statistical coincidence, but the fact is that Depor is getting better results with Spanish players, though it’s also true that the major part of the nine foreign players at the squad - Guardado, Urreta, Zé Castro, Juca, Morel and Rindarøy-  are injured at this point of the season . However, Lotina will surely increase the participation of foreign players at his starting squad as Guardado, Urreta and even Rindarøy are important pieces in his future plans.



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