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11 Sep 2012
Solid scoring start for Deportivo netting six goals in the first three games; only in five previous opportunities the Galician team scored more goals within the same period. Still, it’s too early to predict if Oltra is going to have further problems in attack.

During the pre-season it was feared that Deportivo was going to have problems to score the goals; the team seemed apathetic up front; besides it only signed Nélson Oliveira to join Riki and a Rodolfo Bodipo that doesn’t enter into the plans of Oltra, losing Xisco and Lassad Nouioui in the process, remembering the Majorcan scored vital goals at the end of the past Segunda season and that the Tunisian was the Pichichi of the whole campaign. The club has been trying to hire a free agent, but it seems that Depor will face the season with only three strikers, at least until the winter window.

The number of goals in favour has been in the minds of the fans in recent years as the most recent marks at Primera have been poor, especially on the season 2010/11 as Lotina’s Depor only scored 31 goals, the lowest mark in decades at the club and the main reason why Deportivo suffered the relegation to Segunda, for this reason everyone is keeping an eye on this statistic.

But the debut in la liga has been promising and even surprising for some people; because Depor not even is undefeated, but it’s also the second best offense in the league with six goals scored after three games, mark only improved by Barcelona CF (8).  The Galicians scored in every one of the first three clashes with Abel Aguilar and Riki been the top-scorers with two goals for each player; the other two goals were scored by Oliveira and Pizzi.

The last time Deportivo scored six goals within the first three Primera matchdays occurred on the season 2002/03 as Irureta’s team netted two goals in each one of the first three games: 2-4 Vs. Real Betis, 2-1 at CA Osasuna and 2-0 Vs. Real Valladolid.

Only in five previous opportunities Deportivo scored more than six goals within the first three matchdays: 1955/56 (8), 1944/45 (8), 1992/93 (7), 1954/55 (7) and 1949/50 (7). So, the record at the club is eight goals in the first three matchdays.

On the campaign 1944/45 the team was coached by Ramón Lafuente and scored eight goal facing Murcia (3-1), Sporting Gijón (3-3) and Real Madrid (2-2). Manuel Guimerans scored three of those eight goals. Eleven years later, during the season 1955/56, the Galician outfit was coached by Rodrigo Vizoso and scored eight goals facing Real Murcia (4-5), Las Palmas (1-2) and Hércules(3-0). In this opportunity Manuel Fernandez ‘Pahiño’ scored the half of those eight goals.

In any, it’s too early to predict if Deportivo have finally surpassed the scoring problems of the most recent Primera seasons; for now it’s accepted that the philosophy implanted by Oltra has a lot to do with the refreshing impression in attack, but it’s also true that Depor is a recently promoted club and many Primera teams are just discovering the style and the characteristics of the players.



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