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THE COLOMBIAN TOUR

27 Jul 2014
Not too good news from the South America tour of Deportivo; the team suffered two defeats and hadn’t shown any progression, while the injuries hit the team, particularly the new signings. Still, there were some positive things.

The participation of Deportivo in the LFP World Challenge didn’t brought good news to coach Víctor Fernández ahead of preparing the squad for the new liga campaign. The squad spent one full week in Colombia and faced two big problems: the injuries and the lack of form at the moment of playing the games.

Four players suffered injuries during this stage: Striker Javier Arizmendi (muscle), centre-back Pablo Insua (psoas), winger Isaac Cuenca and goalkeeper German Lux (both quadriceps). Also remembering that winger Lucas Pérez was a last-minute casualty before the trip due to an ankle sprain.

These aren’t serious cases, but prevented these players from performing in the first two friendly games. The problem is that three of the five signings are among the injured men, something that’s just delaying their integration into the group.

Then to point out the poor form of the team. Deportivo showed the same offensive problems and also some defensive mismatches that are a consequence of the playing style of the new coach. It wasn’t a strange thing, after all the coach was practically playing with the same base that started last season. So, beyond losing the two games played in the tour, the impression is that it was a wasted week that won’t help to prepare the new liga season.



The first team arriving to Bogota


Deportivo training at Carmel Club Campestre in Bogota



Deportivo playing against Independiente Santa Fé at El Campín stadium (0-1)



The first team arriving to Cali for the second game of the tour



Abel Aguilar –the white shirt at the centre- visited the team in Cali



Deportivo lost against Deportivo Cali at the Monumental de Palmaseca stadium



The last training session in Colombia took place on Friday


However, it’s possible to extract a couple of positive things from the tour. The first is that the major part of the team had the first opportunity to meet more closely the new coach, a trip that allows a coexistence that isn’t possible in A Coruña. The second is that Álvaro Queijeiro demonstrated that he’s progressing and that could have a spot in the future at the first team. Finally, Deportivo Cali announced a collaboration deal with Depor in order to exchange academy players, a very positive thing taking in mind the Colombian club has been the base of the U-20 squad in Colombia and the source from important players like ex-Depor Abel Aguilar.

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