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RECOVERING THE GOAL

27 Mar 2016
This could be the best scoring season at Primera in a decade for Deportivo, though the team has lowered its aim lately. The great record of Lucas is pushing the offensive department to the point of been the best department of the team.

For years the fans of Deportivo were hoping to recover the same punch of the Champions League years, moment when the team shone for its ability to score goals and launch the career of men like Roy Makaay and Diego Tristán.

And suddenly that aim finally returned on this season, because Deportivo already scored 39 goals in 30 matches, following the same projection had until now it means the team could end the season with 49 goals in favour, which would mean the best scoring season at Primera since the 60 goals netted for the campaign 2003/04.

After been a defensive team for years it can be said that the offense is what it is keeping the team in a good position at the standings, because Depor have been conceding a lot of goals lately (no clean sheets in 2016), while the scoring record has stayed strong, though it lost some impulse too. And it’s that Deportivo have only stayed scoreless in seven matchdays so far, three of those occasions took place in 2016 (RCD Espanyol, Granada CF and Atlético Madrid). 

Of course a lot of this has to do with the great season of Lucas Pérez, who has been directly involved in 56% of the goals (15 goals + 7 assists). His mark of 15 goals is the best at Depor since the 29 that allowed Makaay to earn the golden boot during the season 2002/03. Luis Alberto (6) and Fayçal Fajr (4) were the other great contributors to the scoring record.

But this hasn’t been only the work of a one single player or even the product of a trident, this is more related to a team that’s more offensive than in the previous Primera seasons.  The best stat to demonstrate this idea is the fact that Depor have had a solid season in terms of the number of shots.

After 30 matchdays the Galicians have completed 366 shots, it’s the seventh best mark in the league only behind Real Madrid (577), FC Barcelona (477), Rayo Vallecano (388), Real Sociedad (377), Atlético Madrid (374) and Sevilla CF (368).

If the Blanquiazul team is scoring goals it is because it is shooting a lot, and in order to complete a shot the whole team should approach the area and create a scoring opportunity. And Depor have been doing that all season long.

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