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SEASON 2012/13: PLAYERS’ PERFORMANCE I

08 Jun 2013
It’s time to revisit the performance of Deportivo’s players during the season that has ended. This first part presents the analysis of the two goalkeepers and the twelve defenders that played for Deportivo during the campaign 2012/13.

Terrible season for Deportivo, a nightmare that ended with a new relegation to Segunda División, and among the main flaws was the defense, after all the Galician team allowed 70 goals, the highest number in almost sixty years. So, it shouldn’t be surprising to realize that none of the two goalkeepers and neither the twelve defender that played on the campaign received a higher note than 7.0. Without doubt the performance of this sector is one of the reasons to explain why Depor is going down after just one year at the top-flight.

Dani Aranzubia: -Insufficient- (3,084 minutes on the season) He returned to have a similar performance to the one had in the previous relegation. He combined great performances with occasional errors that made people doubt of him, besides he seemed slow to react when the rival released short-range shots. He only missed three games in liga, one of them fur suspension after been sent off in a confusing play against Levante’s Martins (matchday 12). His performance can be considered as acceptable, after all he was the sixth player with more saves in liga (105), but the point it’s that 67 of the conceded goals were scored with him at the goal.  Not enough to avoid the bleeding.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

German Lux: -Acceptable- (315) He’s the kind of player that every coach likes to have on the bench. A professional that will never complain in public for been the substitute goalie and that, at the same time, is capable of having a solid performance when the coach needs his services. He was the goalie that played in Copa and also played four times in liga, one of them replacing Aranzubia at half-time of the visit to Valencia (matchday 02) due to illness and also when the Riojano was sent off against Levante UD. In the other two games he played the full ninety minutes: 0-0 Vs. Valladolid (matchday 16) and 0-2 at RCD Espanyol (matchday 17). He only allowed four goals in both competitions and for many people he showed a better level than Aranzubia. Still, four games are too little to give him a better note.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Manuel Pablo: -Eternal- (2,172) The captain of Deportivo seems to always find the way to the starting lineup; last season he missed many games due to injury reasons, on this campaign he recovered a starring role, though he was also criticized. He played in the first six games in liga, but he was one of the victims of the 1-6 loss at the Bernabéu. The Canarian was replaced at half-time due to an injury and later spent three months without playing. But the injury of Laure opened a window to him and ended playing in 18 of the last 21 liga games. There were many fingers pointing to him as well to the rest of the defenders, but the true is that his performance improved in the last stretch of the season, basically after the arrival of Fernando Vázquez.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.5

Laure: -Injured- (945) Unfortunate season for the Madrilenian; he began the liga campaign injured, reason why he skipped the first six games. He gained the spot at the right-back position at half-time of the disastrous game at the Bernabéu and a small improvement was noticed, but the point is that he lived the worst days of Depor in liga, which included the other three games in which Depor allowed a lot of goals: 4-5 Vs. Barca (matchday 08), 3-5 at Zaragoza (matchday 11) and 0-6 at Atlético (matchday 15). Then he was hit by a strange injury when he was taking a nap, in the end it turned into a serious groin injury that kept him sidelined during the first five months of 2013. Curiously he had the third best pass ratio on the season (84.8%).
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0

Carlos Marchena: -Amulet- (1,852) Without doubt the best centre-back on the season, the leader that any team needs at the back zone. He was considered as an “amulet” as he was one of the few players that participated in the first seven wins on the season, even contributing with two goals in two of those wins: 3-2 at RCD Mallorca (matchday 29) and 3-2 Vs. Real Zaragoza (matchday 30). The problem is that the ex-Villarreal man suffered due to the injuries, reason why he only played in 22 of the 38 matchdays; actually Depor missed him in the most critical moment as he missed the last seven games due to a quadriceps injury.
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Ze Castro: -Irregular- (1,787) He was the second centre-back with more minutes on the season and the true is that he failed to be the leader that the defense needed, mainly when Marchena was outside the pitch. His partnership with Aythami never brought confidence to the team and Depor suffered a lot. At least he avoided the silly injuries of previous seasons. Only once the Portuguese man had to leave the pitch due to a muscle problem (matchday 12 Vs. Levante). In 18 of the 20 matches in which he was starter the ex-Atletico completed the full 90 minutes.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.5

Aythami Artiles: -Disastrous- (2,172) Perhaps the fact that the Canarian man was the centre-back with more minutes in liga could help to understand why the whole defensive sector had a so terrible performance throughout the campaign. He can be a solid defender, but his lack of concentrations, intolerable in a defender, forced the team to allow goals. Just to mention the crucial game at Malaga CF (matchday 37), the score was 1-1 and Aythami lacked concentration to stop the rival, as a result the Galicians allowed two more goals and lost a game that could have meant the salvation. Disastrous performance, not worth of Primera División.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.0

Roderick Miranda: -Misunderstood- (241) This 22-year-old player arrived as part of the package for Nélson Oliveira, and the true is that Oltra never relied of his inexperience. He played once in Copa and three more times in liga. The true is that he entered into the team at the lowest point on the season and perhaps that’s the reason why people don’t have good memories of him, after all he was one of the starting centre-backs in the 0-6 loss at Atlético (matchday 15), the worst loss in 50 years at the club. But he had an acceptable performance two weeks before visiting Athletic Bilbao (1-1).
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0

Pablo Insua: -Promising- (191) The only Fabril’s player that enjoyed of minutes in liga, like the case of Roderick he had to play in the hardest games as Depor was hit hard by the injuries; actually his three matches on the campaign were away meetings at historic stadiums: San Mamés, Camp Nou and the Vicente Calderón. He was part of the terrible 0-6 loss against Atlético, but left a positive impression. A lot it’s expected from this 19-year-old man.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.5

Claudiano Bezerra ‘Kaká’: -Mysterious- (432) It’s hard to judge this winter signing; the Brazilian didn’t commit too many errors and neither excelled with his performance, besides he only played six times, mainly when Ze Castro, Aythami or Marchena were unavailable. So, he ended to be an enigma for many people. He arrived with Domingos Pacięncia, who knows him well, but curiously played more with Fernando Vázquez on board. Perhaps the most shocking fact is that Kaká ended as the player with the second best pass ration at the team (87.8%).
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0

Sílvio Azevedo: -Wildcard- (1,340) The best winter signing; the Portuguese arrived from Atlético Madrid searching for minutes and it was hard for him to earn pace, mainly as Domingos and Fernando Vázquez used him as a left-back (he’s right footed), but turned to be a fixed starter in the last stretch of the season, always having an acceptable performance. He was a starter in 14 of the last 15 games and his best moment was when he scored in consecutive matchdays, including that great goal in the derby against RC Celta (matchday 28).
RCDLC.com rating: 7.0

Ayoze Díaz: -Erratic- (1,002) The most criticized player on last season was left alone on this season, mainly as there were others on the spotlight (Evaldo as example), but it doesn’t necessarily mean that he improved, actually he continued to be an irregular defender with many flaws defending the left-back position. He played 14 games distributed in the whole season, with Fernando Vázquez he only played three times as a starter, mainly when Sílvio was unavailable. His best game was in the 0-0 match hosting Atlético (matchday 34), game in which he helped to clinch a clean sheet before one of the most powerful teams in la liga.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.5

Evaldo Fabiano: -Awful- (1,208) The Brazilian had the “privilege” of taking the role of most criticized player from Ayoze, and the true is that he deserved it. He always looked out of place defending the left-back spot, badly located at the moment of defending and harmless in attack. Oltra trusted in him, but only for the first seven games, he was replaced early in the second part of the visit to Rayo Vallecano (matchday 07) and was heavily criticized for his errors. He returned to play at the end of the first round and was rescued by Domingos, only to fell in disgrace again. With Fernando Vázquez he only played twice; ironically his best game wasn’t playing as a defender, but as a left winger. It was for the last seventeen minutes hosting Atlético (matchday 34), he created two scoring opportunities, one of them should have earned a penalty after his last-minute shot hit the hand of a rival.
RCDLC.com rating: 5.0

Tiago Pinto: -Bizarre- Nobody understood why this Portuguese player was signed at the last-minute as Depor already had two left-backs at the team. Oltra never counted with the Portuguese man and as result, he only played twice in Copa and once in liga, to make things worse he was part of the disastrous team that wasted a 2-0 lead at Real Zaragoza to end losing 3-5 (matchday 11). He left the club during the winter window, only to land at another team condemned to relegation (Racing Santander).
RCDLC.com rating: 5.5

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