Squad news


09 Oct 2012
Deportivo have changed a lot in two years; it passed from been a solid defense paying the price for a poor offense to be living the opposite scenario. Besides, the team was undefeated within the first 4 matches and then lost the next three games.

After completing the first fifth part of the liga tournament it’s really hard to have a settled impression of Deportivo’s performance. And it’s that Oltra’s team has shown different faces, sometimes opposite facets that invites to rethink of the squad’s possibilities ahead of the rest of the season.

Starting with the results achieved within the first seven matchdays; there was a first block of four games in which the team left a positive impression, been undefeated and demonstrating an unknown combative spirit that led to the surprising 3-3 draw at Mestalla after been down 1-3. Before the team had a solid performance clinching a 2-0 home victory over CA Osasuna, which turned to be the lonely victory on the campaign.

The 1-1 draws with Getafe CF and Granada CF left a more tasteless flavour, because in both opportunities Depor had the advantage in the scoresheet to end dropping two points; the most painful match was the match at Los Cármenes as the equalizer was scored at the last stretch of the game.

Suddenly, Depor lost three straight matches; it can’t be said that Depor played badly against Sevilla CF (0-2), but that turned to be the only goalless game for the Galicians in this start of season and the first defeat in more than a year at the Riazor.

The loss at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium can’t be described as a surprise, but the Blanquiazul outfit showed an unseen apathy on this season, though it reminded to the same state of indifference of the past Segunda season as Oltra’s men visited smaller rivals like AD Alcorcón, Cartagena CF or CD Alcoyano. It was exactly the same impression left in the first half against Rayo Vallecano and that ultimately cost the game.

In terms of statistics the team has changed a lot comparing the last two years with Lotina and the new era with Oltra; in the past Depor was a solid defensive block that was clinching a lot of clean sheets, but that was suffering a lot to score the goals. The lack of goals was the main reason that caused the relegation.

But now Depor is the seventh best offensive line with seven goals in favour, and at the same time is the worst defense together with Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano with thirteen goals allowed and only clean sheet. Definitely the poor defensive tactics have pulled Deportivo into the pit as teams like RCD Mallorca are even living inside the European zone scoring lesser goals.

It shouldn’t be a surprise as this is exactly what Oltra has done in all his past clubs: attractive football, lots of goals scored, but also a lot of goals allowed. Definitely the Valencian coach needs to fix this unbalance if he wants to survive at the elite of Spanish football.



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