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THE TWO FACES OF DEPORTIVO

24 Nov 2010
Depor has presented two different faces on this season; the first was terrible as Lotina’s men were the second worst team within the first eight games, the second is pretty good as they have been the third best team within the last four games.

The behavior of Deportivo on the present season has presented two phases clearly differentiated by the results; in the first the Galician team only picked four points in eight matches disputed at Primera División. The Galicians only added four draws and suffered six defeats, including a painful 1-6 at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid.

Depor was also the worst scorer in the period with just three goals in favour, while it allowed fourteen goals to end as the second worst defensive line in la liga, just above Malaga, side that leaked nineteen goals in the same period. In the end Lotina’s team was penultimate at the standings after the first eight matchdays. Clearly the fans were worried of the future as the team wasn’t reacting.

The first part of the season for Depor: 

LIGA

DEPORTIVO

0

ZARAGOZA

0

LIGA

SEVILLA

0

DEPORTIVO

0

LIGA

DEPORTIVO

2

GETAFE

2

LIGA

VILLARREAL

1

DEPORTIVO

0

LIGA

DEPORTIVO

0

ALMERIA

2

LIGA

REAL MADRID

6

DEPORTIVO

1

LIGA

DEPORTIVO

0

OSASUNA

0

LIGA

REAL SOCIEDAD

3

DEPORTIVO

0

But suddenly there was a big change, driven by the switch in the system and a change in the attitude of the players. Lotina passed from the classical draw with four defenders to the present lineup of five men at the back zone. And the results arrived since the first match; and it’s that Deportivo hasn’t been defeated since the coach decided to change the strategy on the pitch.

Within the last four liga matches Depor has picked ten of the twelve points in dispute, scoring the surprising number of eight goals and only allowing one, actually Deportivo is the best defense at Primera since matchday 09 and also the third best scorer since the same day. During the same period Depor also achieved the qualification to the next round in Copa, picking a draw in Pamplona and a victory at the Riazor against Osasuna (2-1).

In the end the Galicians have been the third best team in la liga since matchday 09, only surpassed by the perfect record of Real Madrid and Barcelona, mighty duo that has clinched the last twelve points in dispute and that have trashed the competence scoring together thirty goals in the period.

The second part of the season for Depor: 

COPA

OSASUNA

1

DEPORTIVO

1

LIGA

DEPORTIVO

3

RCD ESPANYOL

0

LIGA

LEVANTE

1

DEPORTIVO

2

COPA

DEPORTIVO

2

OSASUNA

1

LIGA

MALLORCA

0

DEPORTIVO

0

LIGA

DEPORTIVO

3

MALAGA

0

Now the question is if this last facet of Deportivo will prevail, or if instead the team will return to the poor performance of the beginning, though another possibility is a mix of both worlds. For the moment things seems favourable as Depor will continue to face direct rival in the coming weeks (Racing Santander and Hércules). What can’t be denied is that the Deportivo of the present season looks like a chapter coming out from the novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” of Robert Louis Stevenson.

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