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10 Jun 2013
This final report of the season 2012/13 presents the seven sins of Deportivo, the seven main reasons that explains why the Blanquiazul outfit is going down after only spending one year at the elite of Spanish football.

The most recent project of Deportivo failed and the team is going back again to Segunda after only one year at Primera. There are seven sins that clearly explain why things didn’t work out. The main two are related to the administration of the club, because Lendoiro failed at the moment of reinforcing the team and the administration of the situation with the coaches

The other five factors had an impact on the team, though it wasn’t so big as the first two. Deportivo need to learn from these lessons in order to avoid to repeat the same situation, it’s extremely important as some of these errors already happened in the previous relegation.

President Lendoiro committed the same mistakes of two years ago; for the season 2010/11 he signed zero-cost transfers, the result was to get poor quality and the team suffered the relegation. Now he relied in his friendship with Jorge Mendes in order to get the quality on loan, but the result was the same. And it’s that only two of the nine signings during the summer –Abel Aguilar & Pizzi- had an impact throughout the season, the rest were just filling the space. So, the reinforcements never “reinforced” a team that had many lagoons.

The situation at the left-back position illustrates the lack of communication between the organization –Ernesto Bello- and the coaching staff –Oltra- There were two signings for the position –Tiago Pinto & Evaldo- the duo joined Ayoze and the trio never matched the expectations. Oltra never wanted Tiago Pinto and he left during the winter window, while the other two had an awful performance. The club had a to make a fourth signing during the winter –Sílvio- in order to finally fix the mess.  It’s disturbing to realize about the lack of understanding regarding what the coach wants and the interests of the club.

Another of the big failures was related to the so wished striker that Deportivo failed to sign during the winter window. The chosen one was Lucas Pérez, but Ukrainian FC Karpaty Lviv rejected the deal at the last moment, then the club ran to the second option: Batuhan Karadeniz. But the Turkish had already played for two different teams and was ineligible. Silly and, at the same time, fatal mistake. Later there was no time to search for a third option. Lendoiro rested importance to the incident, but Depor really needed an in-form goal scorer at the end of the tournament.

To see three coaches passing through the bench in one single season should be a sign of the catastrophe and Deportivo weren’t the exception to the rule. It wasn’t wrong to allow the continuity of Oltra for the present season, but as soon as the Valencian trainer lost control of the situation the club should have valorized the situation in a different way. It was strange to see Lendoiro firing the coach on New Year’s Eve, stranger was to see hem relying, perhaps influenced by Mendes, in a coach without experience in la liga when the situation was so delicate.

So, the arrival of Domingos Paciência was, perhaps, the biggest mistake of Lendoiro. He never brought anything and, worse than that, it left the impression that Deportivo wasted a month and a half with him. Fernando Vázquez fixed the situation, though he also committed mistakes that cost the relegation. But the feeling left among the fans and the media was that the late reaction starred by Depor in liga might have occurred before if Vázquez would have landed in order to replace Oltra and not to take the spot of Domingos.

The disturbing situation with the administration process of Deportivo surely had an impact on the performance of the team. The players and coaches always denied the influence of the situation, but money is always a factor. For many months the players were unpaid, though the situation was fixed at the end of the tournament. Besides money also affect other situations, like the planning of the signings. Perhaps Depor didn’t lost the games for the financial crisis, but it surely affected the concentration of the players.

On the past relegation Lotina’s team was strong in defense and week in attack, now it was the opposite, because Deportivo scored a decent number of goals, but what condemned the team was the large number of goals that were allowed: 70. The worst mark at the club in almost sixty years. The real bleeding came with Oltra as he saw how his team leaked 39 goals in just 17 games. Domingos didn’t change the picture and his team allowed 12 goals in 6 matches.

Fernando Vázquez faced problems to fix the situation, but in the end his team only allowed 19 goals in 15 meetings, still the burden was too big at that point.  Beyond blaming the defenders and keepers it was a problem related to the poor work of the first two coaches with their systems and for putting men out of shape in the lineups. The poor work with the side defenders was another factor; Depor suffered a lot as the rivals were attacking by the sides. The aerial weakness also stroke the team as Deportivo were the team in la liga that allowed more goals through headers (15)

The number of goals scored was acceptable, but ironically Deportivo missed the goals just at the moment when they needed them: the final five games. And it’s that the Galicians only scored three goals within the final five liga meeting ending scoreless in three of those games. The problem is that the players were too tired at that moment, Pizzi and Riki, the top-scorers at the team, disappeared and Valerón didn’t bring any magic.

Only Bruno Gama was contributing with goals and assists and it wasn’t enough. The result is that Deportivo only added four of the last fifteen points in dispute, so the team suffered the relegation despite the impressive comeback of previous weeks. Deportivo died in the shore after a remarkable comeback.

Only five points separated the last five teams in la liga, so it’s easy to revisit the past matches in order to realize how many points Depor drop on the way. And you will find strange cases in that sense. There are seven games in which it’s really hard to explain why Depor missed the points. In matchday 11, Depor were comfortably winning 0-2 at La Romareda, but unexplainably the Galicians lost the concentration in the second half to end losing 5-3 against Real Zaragoza.  One week later the team lost 0-2 hosting Levante UD in a match in which the Galicians lost two players within the first fifteen minutes and Riki wasted a penalty that would have tied the actions.

In matchday 14, Depor came back from a 0-2 situation hosting Real Betis, but a controversial change of Oltra left the score 2-3. With Domingos Paciência on board, Depor lost against Valencia at the Riazor (2-3), and the Galicians were winning 2-1 at half-time, beyond this the Valencians scored a goal after just 29 seconds and winning goal came in the stoppage time. One week later Depor were leading 0-1 at Getafe CF after getting an early penalty and having the numeric advantage, but they ended losing 1-3.

The exit of Domingos also meant a weird game, because despite the 0-3 the true is that Granada CF did little to win that game, after all they only made two shots on goal, including a penalty kick. The last “weird game” came with Fernando Vázquez, it was the home clash against Real Madrid (matchday 25); the Galicians were leading for the major part of the clash, 1-0 only to end losing 1-2 with two goals conceded within the final fifteen minutes. Those were thirteen points that were missed at the end of the league.

Deportivo cannot blame the referees for the relegation, but taking in mind the tight situation at the standings, it is painful to realize that the Galician outfit could have added five more points if the decisions of the referees would have been favorable. In the visit to Granada CF (matchday 04) there was a ghost goal that should have been awarded to Depor.

The other two polemic calls came at the end of the season, for the home game against Atlético Madrid (matchday 34) there were two clear penalties that weren’t whistle by referee Ayza Gamez.  One week later Depor were losing 1-0 at Real Valladolid and the team scored a last-minute goal that was ruled out for an inexistent offside. Matheu Lahoz was the referee of that match. Not an excuse for the poor work done throughout the season, but surely things would have been different with those points inside the pocket.



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