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10 Apr 2013
The fans, the new coach and the improvement of the players are the three factors pulling Deportivo out of the pit. The Galician team still living inside the drop zone, but the combination of these aspects could be crucial for the miracle of the salvation.

Three straight victories and Deportivo believe that the miracle of the salvation is more than a dream, a possible thing to achieve. Before the positive streak the Galician outfit had only won three games, so the rally doubled the number of victories in a stroke of the pen.

It’s a big achievement, though the team needs to keep the pace in order to live the pit. There are three factors that can perfectly explain this large improvement. Each one has an impact, which is bigger when all the three factors combine to impulse the team:

1- The coach
Fernando Vázquez arrived in a delicate moment; former coach Domingos Paciência left by the back door and the situation was tense during the week that he signed for Depor, but he immediately chilled out everything with his conciliatory role. None of his press conferences had tense moments –contrary to what happened with Oltra- and his charismatic figure quickly earned the respect of the fans.

But the situation was different inside the changing room, instead of assuming a passive role the Castrofeito-born coach was constantly challenging the players in order to improve; he scheduled long and physical training sessions during the break in la liga, and he got a result as the players have improved their physical condition. Besides, he keeps the winning mentality leaving messages on the board and during the conversations with the players. The message is simple: we cannot relax.

He has also made the right calls in a strategic sense; the lineups for the games have been the correct ones and he has succeeded before veteran coaches like Gregorio Manzano. He relied in players like Sílvio and Juan Dominguez, and the bet is working out.

2- The fans
If something has been constant on this irregular season it is the support from the fans; except from what happened in the 0-3 loss at the Riazor against Granada CF, there have been no protests from the fans; instead the public has always supported the players. Just to mention the fact that the Riazor is the fourth stadium in terms of the percentage in the sales of tickets.

So far Deportivo have been able to complete the 82% of the capacity at the stadium during their home matches, only Granada CF (89%), Malaga CF (85%) and Athletic Bilbao (82%) have better averages. And the support is higher when the results are positive, just to see what happened at the Riazor during the game against Real Zaragoza, with a large number of people waiting the players before the kick-off. It’s a motivation that can influence in a game. Surely the public cannot play the game, but they can perfectly push their players into the right direction.

3- The improvement of the players
Fernando Vázquez now has a fixed starting formation, but it isn’t a caprice. The players are looking better and are having a better performance, which is a product of their better physical condition and their confidence in the new tactic, which pounders the control over the ball instead of the positioning on the pitch. In this sense it hasn’t been so difficult for the Galician coach to find a team.

Even the defense is improving, although Deportivo are still allowing a lot of goals; in the last game the defenders committed two huge mistakes that cost two goals, but they redeemed themselves with the efficiency at the other side of the pitch. And it’s that, within the last three meetings, Depor have scored nine goals, and four of them were netted by defenders (two goals by both, Sílvio and Marchena). Just when in the previous 27 matchdays the defenders were scoreless.



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