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ANALYSIS: THE MANY FACES OF DEPORTIVO

09 Oct 2013
Depor are showing some signs of strength, but also of weakness. Fernando Vázquez’s team is the best defense at Segunda and is getting good results on the road, but it’s failing too much at the Riazor and it has been hard to score the goals.

After eight matchdays Deportivo have only spent one week at the promotion zone, the reason for this is the instability in the results and the problems to score the goals. At the same time the Galician team is showing signs of strength, like the fact of being the best defense in the league or the three wins on the road conquered after four matches played away from home.

Fernando Vázquez is aware of the problems and has been trying to maximize the virtues and fix the weaknesses; he even switched the draw from the traditional 4-2-3-1 into the 4-4-2, though for now the team has been unable to improve the flats that are keeping Depor out of the promotion seats. At times Los Blanquiazules seems to be a completely different team from weekend to weekend, these are the many faces of Deportivo.

THE LIGHTS: THE DEFENSE AND THE AWAY PERFORMANCE
Deportivo have only allowed four goals after the first eight matchdays, it means the Galicians are the best defense in the league, tied with AD Alcorcón. The last time the team only allowed four goals in the first eight league matchdays was during the Primera season 1996/97.

The results at the time were: 1-1 Vs. Real Madrid; 1-1 at RC Celta; 2-0 at Atlético Madrid; 4-0 Vs. Hércules CF; 2-1 at Real Betis; 1-1 Vs. Rayo Vallecano; 1-0 at Real Oviedo and 2-0 Vs. RCD Espanyol. The team was coached by John Benjamin Toshack

It is a notable statistic; manly as Depor are having problems with the injuries of some key defenders. And it’s that Kaká, Marchena and Luisinho have faced physical problems that led them to miss some games, the coach even had to improvise with Álex Bergantiños performing as a centre-back. The best thing is that Depor have always left an impression of solidity in the eight matches played so far. It only allowed two goals in the visit to Sporting Gijón, and it just did it at the end of the game and as the referee whistled an inexistent penalty.

Another of the lights is the fact that Deportivo have won three of the four away matches played so far. The last time this happened was during the Primera campaign 2003/04 with Irureta on board: 1-0 at Real Zaragoza; 2-1 at Sevilla CF; 2-3 at CA Osasuna and 2-0 at FC Barcelona.

A lot has been said about this regard; coach Fernando Vázquez has explained that the Galician outfit is feeling more comfortable playing away from the Riazor, without the pressure of carrying with the weight of the games, and especially finding the cracks facing home teams with the need to attack.

THE SHADOWS: THE OFFENSE AND THE HOME PERFORMANCE
The lights of Deportivo seems to be cancelled by the shadows, because the points won in the away meetings are later lost at home, while the team is facing big problems to score the goals, mainly in the matches played at the Riazor.

And it’s that Deportivo have only scored one goal after the first four matches played at home, it’s the worst mark in the centenary history of the club. Fortunately that goal was useful to grab the three points against AD Alcorcón, while the team clinched a clean sheet before CD Mirandés, something that helped to add a point.  So, the fact of adding 4 of 12 possible points is poor, but could have been worse taking in mind the scoring record of the team.

Fernando Vázquez explained after the game against CD Mirandés that the team is not feeling comfortable at home  and neither is matching its potential, ”I said before that at the Riazor the team tries to dominate, which means to push the rival, and that’s when we’ve problems. Evidently we’ve a problem, because I believe we can do it better. Theoretically the players are able to do a better job, but they’re failing. We could need to play in other way, but for now the team says otherwise. It’s a long work and evidently if the home results would have been better, then it would be more helpful. Today we had two clear chances and we didn’t seize it. The team improved, though it has to do with the performance of the rival, anyway we should have won the game, despite not having a brilliant performance.”

Manuel Pablo was giving his version of the problem, ”You are not winning at home; you want to take the lead as soon as possible and end committing errors in the attempt to do everything fast and wrong. In the end we are desperate. Truly we are having better results away from home, and it’s that we aren’t having the same success at home. Against Hércules, as example, we scored in our first big opportunity and everything was easier after that.”

But the problems to score goals are not exclusively located at the Riazor. Depor have only scored 7 goals in the first 8 matches. It’s the second worst mark among the first 14 places in the tournament, only behind CD Mirandés (6). In big part of the matches the team lacks depth and definition, and it only showed these virtues in the 0-3 win visiting CE Sabadell CF and in the first half visiting Hércules CF. In those 135 minutes the Galicians netted five of their seven goals conquered until now.

A lot has been said about this problem, and the more accepted explanations are the absence of a real winger to create opportunities by the sides and the need to sign a more veteran striker capable to complement the potential of Borja Bastón, who already scored four goals, though he also missed some clear opportunities. And it’s that the Madrilenian is the player at Segunda with more shots (32) but only the 40.6% of his attempts met the target.

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