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08 Feb 2012
Depor lives its best moment on the season, and not only leads Segunda División, but it’s also starting to break some historic marks at the club. The main marks are the best winning streak and more minutes without allowing goals on the road.

First to all the so-famous winning streak of Deportivo; on Saturday Oltra’s Depor tied the historic mark of seven straight victories in a league competition. It did it after the 1-0 win over RC Recreativo, which was preceded by the victories over CD Numancia (3-1), UD Las Palmas (1-0), Xérez CD (2-1), SD Huesca (2-0), Villarreal B (1-0) and FC Cartagena (2-1).

In its centenary history Deportivo has only clinched a similar winning streak in other two opportunities; the first one was during the Segunda season 1963/64; at the time Depor was coached by Argentine Roque Olsen and clinched straight wins over Real Sociedad (2-1), UP Langreo (4-1), Sporting Gijón (4-1), Burgos CF (3-2), CD Constancia (8-0), Salamanca (1-0) and CE Europa (2-0).

The winning streak was repeated 36 years later, this time at Primera División as the team of Javier Irureta was on its way to clinch the liga title; this time the victims were Barcelona FC (2-1), Real Oviedo (1-0), Sevilla FC (5-2), Atlético Madrid (3-1), Rayo Vallecano (3-2), Real Sociedad (1-0) and RC Celta (1-0). Now, Depor can establish a new record, but before it must defeat Hércules CF on its own stadium, a direct rival for the promotion, so it won’t be an easy task.

The second record that Depor is chasing is related to the defense: more minutes without allowing a goal playing on the road; so far Daniel Aranzubia has clinched four straight clean sheets playing away from the Riazor (0-0 at Valladolid, 1-0 at Las Palmas, 2-0 at Huesca and 1-0 at Recreativo); the last goal allowed by the Riojano was before Elche CF (67’), which means a streak of 383 minutes without leaking a goal.

And the record at the club occurred at the beginning of the Primera season 1993/94 as Francisco Liaño spent 503 minutes without conceding a goal playing on this condition; in that opportunity he clinched five straight clean sheets during the first five meetings of the liga tournament (Sporting Gijón, Sevilla CF, Albacete Balompié, Real Zaragoza and Real Valladolid); it was until matchday 11 that he allowed a goal (visiting Athletic Bilbao).

It means that Aranzubia needs 90 minutes to break the mark, in other words he needs a clean sheet in the coming meeting with Hércules CF, plus 30 minutes keeping the zero in the visit to CE Sabadell; again it won’t be an easy task.

For some people the statistics are numbers without importance, but the true is that to be able to break historic marks indicates the healthiness of a team living its best moment and targeting the goal of promotion. There are other marks that could be surpassed throughout the tournament, one of them is the number of goals in favour in one single liga tournament (73, on the Primera season 2000/01), though for that Depor needs to double its current mark in the remaining 19 matchdays of the season.



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