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14 Dec 2017
Statistically the goalkeepers of Deportivo are among the worst in la liga, they have the lesser number of saves at Primera and the third worst average.

The clean sheet achieved against CD Leganés was only the third conquered by Deportivo on the league season, certainly a clean sheet is not only the work of the goalkeeper, but of the rest of the team. Still, the stats of the goalkeepers demonstrate their poor performance and how it affects the results.

The goalkeepers of Deportivo are only blocking the 59% of the shots on target completed by the rival, this is the third worst percentage in the competition, only above Real Betis (58%) and SD Eibar (57%). It means that the goalies are only blocking six of each ten shots received.

It’s a critical situation, because a solid goalkeeper can mark the difference between a big loss or a victory. The best example is the visit to RCD Espanyol (September 24). Depor played a bad game, but still completed more shots on target than the rival (6 Vs. 5). And lost the game allowing four goals.

The keeper that day was Costel Pantilimon, and if he would have been more successful making saves then Depor could have added at last a point and instead ended suffering the biggest lost of the season. Pantilimon was also key in the home loss with Atlético Madrid (November 4), he should have blocked the last-minute free-kick from Thomas, but he was only standing at the goal line seeing how Deportivo ended dropping a point.

The other two goalkeepers at the first team haven’t been better. Rubén Martínez already committed two errors that lead to goals (Real Madrid and Sevilla CF), while Przemysław Tytoń only played once and still without making a save. The Polish allowed four goals against Real Sociedad in the four shots on target made by the Basques.

Since the three keepers at the first weren’t convincing, former coach Pepe Mel decided to pick Francis Uzoho from Fabril, the lad did a good job, but later returned to the B squad, decision that new boss Cristóbal Parralo has maintained.

This rotation of keepers has provoked to witness another situation: the other nineteen teams in la liga have at least one keeper with more saves than the keepers of Deportivo. Even Sevilla CF have two keepers with more saves, Sergio Rico has only played 10 games, but already made 19 saves. It’s a number above the ones of Pantilimon (18), Rubén Martínez (15), Francis (7) and Tytoń (0).

Truly the goalkeepers cannot be exclusively blamed for the defensive poorness, but the goalies are the last line and an error by them is critical. During the weekend Parralo was admitting the importance of a solid defence and the clean sheets, “If we want to win games, then we need to achieve a clean sheet. We cannot score twice like in other opportunities and then end losing the games.”



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