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17 Jul 2017
Deportivo completed the second week in the pre-season, it played the first three friendly games while the international players joined the group.

Eight training sessions and three friendly games is the summary of the second week in the pre-season of Deportivo. Coach Pepe Mel continued preparing the liga season emphasizing the ball possession, the high pressure plus offensive and defensive moments during the training sessions. There was physical work too, especially for the players that joined the stage until this week.

The week ended with three friendly games against Tercera clubs. Deportivo didn’t face too many opposition in those meetings, the rivals barely attacked and the defense didn’t face problems. In the first friendly Los Blanquiazules defeated Racing Vilalbés (0-2).

The next two friendly games ended in big wins for Deportivo: 7-0 at SC Arosa and 5-0 at SD Silva. Since the three games were played in straight days, none of the players performed for more than 45 minutes in each meeting.

Mel started the week with 24 players on board, and ended with 32 men, this since Álvaro Queijeiro from Fabril joined the group on Monday, while the international players joined the pre-season stage at the middle of the week: Fayçal Fajr, Celso Borges, Emre Çolak and Florin Andone. Juan Dominguez also returned from his loan, and two new signing arrived at the end of the week: Carles Gil and Gerard Valentín.

Luisinho is full recovered from his ankle injury and was able to play in the friendly games, but Fede Cartabia (Achilles) and Borja Galán (muscle) remained sidelined. These two men were joined by three new injury cases that occurred during this week: Bicho (muscle), Queijeiro (hamstring) and Borja Valle (back)

For the third week, the number of players training at the first team will be reduced to 28. Queijeiro, Aarón Sánchez, Adrián Castro, Pedro Alves and Borja Galán will return to train with Fabril, while new signing Zakaria Bakkali will join the group on Monday. The only academy players that will remain working with the first team are Francis, Chema, Óscar García and Edu Expósito.



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