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14 Dec 2010
Deportivo has improved within the last weeks, but still Lotina’s team is having big problems when it plays away from the Riazor; the defeat against Atletico Madrid was just the sixth visit in which the Galicians failed to score a goal.

Despite the defeat at the Vicente Calderón stadium things are still manageable for Deportivo; the difference with the relegation zone is of four points and the most optimistic fans can even dream of Europe as the sixth place is just six points above the Galician club. But what should be worrying are the results and especially the performance of the team when it plays away from the Riazor.

And it’s that Depor has just added one away win on the preset year; it was during the visit to UD Levante on matchday 10 of the present season (1-2), which is also one of the only two away matches on this liga season in which the Galicians have scored at least one goal. The other away game with goals in favour was the disastrous 1-6 at Real Madrid (matchday 06).

The rest of visits for Depor on the liga campaign (6) have meant to end scoreless: 0-0 at Sevilla FC (matchday 02), 0-1 at Villarreal (matchday 04), 0-3 at Real Sociedad (matchday 08), 0-0 at Mallorca (matchday 11), 0-1 at Racing Santander (matchday 13) and the latest 0-2 defeat at Atletico Madrid (matchday 15).

And the problem is the lack of strength and depth of Deportivo in attack, which is clearly demonstrated by the number of shots on target completed by the team. Against Atletico Madrid, Lotina’s side was unable to complete a shot on goal within the whole ninety minutes, and it shouldn’t be surprising as in the visit to Racing Santander the team only made one shot on goal, and in four of the six previous visits the number of shots was three or less: at Real Madrid (3), at Real Sociedad (2), at Villarreal (2), at Sevilla (2).

The only two away games in which Deportivo has passed the mark of three shots on target were the visits to RCD Mallorca (4) and UD Levante (6). This situation clearly explains why Depor has just added five points after eight visits in la liga 2010/11.

And the case is that the team is now feeling the pressure in order to add the points at home; the permanence is frequently calculated in forty-three points, which means that Depor needs to add another twenty-six points to achieve the goal, and seeing the performance away from home it will mean to base the permanence in the twelve home matches remaining in the calendar.

Those twelve games mean thirty-six points, which look enough, but it must be reminded that Deportivo still has to host the two biggest clubs in la liga, Real Madrid and Barcelona, while other strong sides like Valencia and Villarreal still have to visit La Coruña; therefore Depor could end needing some away points that could be vital in the quest for the permanence, and that ultimately lead to start scoring goals away from the Riazor. 



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