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26 Jan 2017
A first round divided in three parts that wasn’t good statistically, at least the team is among the most in-form teams in the last six matchdays.

The first round of Deportivo can be divided in three parts. In the first the team left the feeling of not been ready to compete at the elite. After the expectations settled during the pre-season for the early building of the squad, the Galicians launched the season with a 2-1 win over SD Eibar, but later spent almost two months without winning.

And after the second victory on the season, a 2-1 win over Sporting Gijón, it came the worst part as Depor were trashed in straight games before FC Barcelona (0-4) and RC Celta (1-4). There were claims against the coach and his tactics, and the worst was foreseen.

But things changed after the derby (matchday 09), because Deportivo improved a lot, and that’s when the second part started: a Deportivo that played better, but that somehow wasn’t adding points. And it’s that Los Blanquiazules were claiming the advantage in the games and later were dropping points at the last minutes.

Thus the team dropped point before Valencia CF and Granada CF despite scoring first (both 1-1 draws with the rivals scoring the equalizer at the end). Then the painful defeat before Sevilla CF after a 2-0 advantage ended in a 2-3 loss with the Andalusians scoring twice within the last five minutes.

The “luck” didn’t change before Málaga CF as the Galicians transformed a 2-0 situation into a 2-2 to only end losing 3-2 with the Andalusians scoring at the stoppage time. It was matchday 13 and things weren’t looking fine, but then it changed for good.

Because Deportivo continued having good games and this time it started to have better results, it was the third part of the first round launched with a resounding 5-1 over Real Sociedad. Within the last six matchdays Depor only lost once and it was a 2-3 defeat at Real Madrid with the Madrilenians only reverting the result during the added time.

Depor ended the first round as the sixth most in-form team in the league, this after adding 9 points within the last 6 matches in the competition. An important stat taking in mind the team was hit by a series of injury cases. Only Sevilla CF (15), FC Barcelona (14), Real Sociedad (12), Atlético Madrid (11) and Real Madrid (10) added more in the period.

Depor added 19 points in the 19 matchdays disputed in the first round, it’s a decrease of 30% compared to the 27 points added at the same height of last season, and it’s the worst mark at the club since the 16 points added for the campaign 2012/13.

The Galicians were only 11th in terms of home performance with 14 points added in 9 matches. At the same time Los Blanquiazules are one of the four teams that ended the round without away wins. The five points added on the road are only above the marks of the clubs currently in relegation: Málaga CF (4), CA Osasuna (3) and Granada CF (3).

As it could be expected the other stats aren’t encouraging, the offensive line is only the 14th in la liga (24 goals in favour), while the defence is 10th (29 goals allowed). At the same time Depor are only 14th in terms of ball possession average (47.5%) and eighth in terms of more shots (231)

The passing ratio is also discrete: 78.1%. Only the 9th best in la liga. An interesting stat is that 8 of the 24 goals (33% of the total) were scored in set-pieces. Only three clubs have netted more goals in these kinds of situations: Real Madrid (11), Málaga CF (10) and Real Sociedad (9).



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