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REVIEW SEASON 08/09: 60 POINTS WASN’T ENOUGH

01 Jun 2009
RCDLC.com starts the analysis of the season 2008/2009 with a review of the second round, period in which Depor added 28 points for a total number of 58. The team was close to repeat the mark of the first round, but in the end not even 60 would have been enough.

CLOSE TO EUROPE
Deportivo was close to repeat the mark of the first round in terms of points added, Depor reached matchday 20 with 30 points in its account and was close to double this number during the second round, but the last-minute goal of Samuel Eto’o in the game against Barcelona cost two points that left the team at the edge of reaching the magic number of 60.

However, and contrary to what was commented before the final matchdays, 60 points wouldn’t be enough to secure the qualification to Europe, because Valencia ended sixth in la liga adding 62 points in 38 matches, therefore Lotina’s team would have needed 63 in order to clinch the pass to the new Europa League. It would have been the first time since the season 98/99 in which a team adds 60 points and still is unable to end the season at least in the 6th place (RCD Espanyol ended 7th then with 61 points).

SOLID SECOND ROUND
Deportivo lived two good moments during the second round, in both periods the team spent a period of six straight games without suffering a loss, in the middle the team had a small negative window with only one point added in four matches and ended the campaign with only one point added during the last two matchdays..

The second round of Deportivo started with a defeat, the third in a road after the setbacks with Sevilla and Barca, it was at the Santiago Bernab?©u. It was also a discrete presentation against Real Madrid in which the team confirmed its poor performance against the giant clubs on the season (only 8 points added in the 12 games against the top clubs: Barca, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Atletico, Villarreal and Valencia).

Later Deportivo began its first period of six straight games without suffering a defeat, starting with a 3-0 win over Villarreal  FC, the biggest win of the season against any if the six sides that ended the campaign above Depor. There were also three straight draws: 1-1 at RCD Mallorca, 0-0 Vs Osasuna and 1-1 Vs Valencia FC, plus two more wins: 1-0 at Numancia and 5-3 Vs Racing Santander.

The game against the Cantabrians represented the biggest score of Deportivo in one single game during the present liga campaign, it also put an end to the period of six straight games without defeats, because later there was a small window in which Lotina’s team was only able to add one point in four matches.

This negative period started with the 2-3 defeat at Sporting Gij??n and continued with the defeat at RCD Espanyol (1-3) and the loss at home against Atletico Madrid (1-2). The only point picked in this short but negative period was the 1-1 draw with Real Betis at the Riazor.

And Depor bounced back to add its second period with six straight games without suffering a defeat, it was the most brilliant moment of the squad in a statistic sense since the team added 14 of 18 possible points. All started with the last-minute win at Athletic Bilbao (1-0) and continued with the 2-0 victory at home against UD Almeria.

Later the Galicians clinched an important draw against direct rival Malaga CF (1-1) and clinched two more wins against rivals fighting to survive: 1-0 Vs Real Valladolid and 2-1 at Recreativo de Huelva. This period ended with a 1-1 draw against Getafe at the Riazor.

Depor ended the season adding just one point in the last two games, again it was unable to match the rivals at the top as Lotina’s team lost at Sevilla FC (0-1) and drew with champion FC Barcelona at home (1-1). To emphasise that in these two games, the team allowed a goal in the last minute of the playing time.

THE BEST THING:  THE TEAM HAD CHANCES UNTIL THE END
Deportivo didn’t achieve the qualification to the Europa League, but at least it had a real chance until the last matchday. This means that no matter the ups and downs during the regular season, the team kept a stable trajectory. An interesting thing is that Depor added 16 of the 18 points disputed against the three sides relegated on the season (Betis, Numancia and Recreativo).

THE WORST THING: NO LUCK AGAINST THE GIANTS
Deportivo was only able to add 8 of the 32 points disputed against the teams that ended at the top six places. It seemed to be an impossible mission against teams with a bigger budget, but the true is that, with the exceptions of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Depor was never too far from those clubs at the standings.

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