Squad news


19 Sep 2012
Riki and Oliveira have scored two goals within the first four matches at Primera División; the last time two strikers at Depor had two or more goals in favour after four games was on the campaign 2002/03 with Tristán and Makaay.

There was some concern during the pre-season regarding the offensive potential of the team, but Deportivo’s offense is leaving a positive impression, especially with the two strikers that Oltra has used in liga, at least for now. First to all the Galicians represent the third best offensive line at Liga BBVA with seven goal scored in four matches, mark that’s only below Barcelona FC (12) and Athletic Bilbao (8).

Another fact to have in mind is that Depor has at least scored once in the first four matchdays in liga, which is a good sign as it indicates consistency as well as reliability. Within the last decade Depor has scored at least one goal in the first four matchdays in five different opportunities.

The last time was on the campaign 2009/10 with Lotina’s Depor scoring nine goals within the first four liga matchdays: 2-3 at Real Madrid; 1-0 Vs. Malaga CF; 2-3 Vs. RCD Espanyol and 3-0 at Xérez CD. On that season Depor had a solid start reaching the Champions League zone at the end of the first round only to fell down in the second missing to qualify to Europe.

Perhaps the most encouraging fact is that four of the seven goals have been scored by the two strikers that count for Oltra: Nélson Oliveira and Iván Sánchez-Rico Soto ‘Riki’. Both have scored twice within the first four matchdays.

The more recent precedent of this scenario was on the season 2002/03 as Roy Makaay scored five goals and Diego Tristán two within the first four liga encounters. That season was magic for Makaay as he scored 29, mark that earned him the Pichichi trophy and also the European Golden Boot. Meanwhile, Tristán ended the liga campaign with nine goals added to his tally.

Now, Oliveira is even the ninth striker in la liga in terms of needed minutes to score a goal (69); the Portuguese attacker is just behind Llorente (20, Athletic Bilbao), Juanmi (21, Malaga), David Villa (23, Barcelona), Delibašić (25, Rayo Vallecano), Pozuelo (48, Betis), Messi (50, Barcelona), Falcao (65, Atlético Madrid) and Kike Sola (66, Osasuna).

It isn’t expected that both men are going to earn the same achievements, neither that Depor is going to win a title, but at least it gives the sense that any of these two attackers could easily surpass the mark of the ten goals at Primera División; something that doesn’t occur since Tristán scored eleven times back on the campaign 2005/06; it will be a good indicator that Depor is in the right track to clinch the permanence.

Riki already stated that his target is to surpass the ten goals, while Oliveira prefers going day by day, as he stated on Monday, ”It has been a solid start with Deportivo, but I already had that idea when I arrived, because we have very good players and besides it was easy to adapt. I am not impatient. I know Riki is there and Bodipo is good too.”



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