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26 Oct 2013
Depor search for its best away start in a league competition, but Fernando Vázquez has important casualties in attack, for this reason Bicho debuts as a starter. The rival is trying to bounce back after a couple of dramatic years.

Deportivo have won 4 of the 5 matches disputed away from the Riazor during this season; it’s an unseen mark at the club since the Segunda season 1963/64. At the time the Galician outfit was undefeated on the road after the first five games with a mark of four victories and one draw: 0-2 at Real Santander, 3-3 at Hospitalet, 1-4 at Langreo, 2-3 at Burgos and 0-1 at Salamanca.

In the sixth match on the road during that season Depor lost visiting Alavés (1-2); it means that in case of clinching a victory at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium then it will be the best historic start for Los Blanquiazules playing away from home in a league competition.

It’s important to emphasize that both teams are having big problems to score the goals on this season. Deportivo have only netted nine goals, which, together with Córdoba CF, is the worst mark among the first ten places at Segunda. Tenerife CD, meanwhile, have only scored five goals, which is the worst mark in the league –same one of Real Madrid Castilla-It also meant that the game represents the confrontation between the worst offense and the best defense at Liga Adelante, this since Depor have only allowed five goals.

Depor have faced mixed luck during its visits to the Canary Island in order to meet CD Tenerife; this since the Galicians conquered five wins after twenty matches played there. The last win in Tenerife was during the Primera season 2009/10 with a headed goal of Diego Colotto (0-1)

Javier Abruñedo Fernández ‘Bicho’ debuts as a starter in this game due to the casualties of Juan Culio and Javier Arizmendi. The first suspended and the second is injured. The 17-year-old playmaker already debuted at Segunda as he performed in five of the first six matches in the competition, but always did it as a substitute and never played more than 30 minutes per game.

Now he has the big opportunity to be a starter in a league match, a shocking fact taking in mind that one year ago he hadn't even debuted yet at Tercera as he was still playing at División de Honor with Juvenil A. It’s just a new step forward for Bicho. Coach Fernando Vázquez has stated that he’s a three-year project and that things need to be done calmly, but he still prefers this option to Antonio Núñez, who is missing match fitness.

Another subject that has been discussed throughout the week is the problems of the team at the moment of defending the set-pieces; this after four of the five goals allowed by the Galician team came in this way. Vázquez already said that he isn’t worried with the issue as the important thing is that Depor have only allowed a few goals, but some of the players don’t agree.

That’s the case of Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’m who isn’t satisfied with this situation, ”It didn’t happen before and it’s painful to lose or draw due to strategic plays, because you feel strong and the rival isn’t creating too much danger. It hurts because, theoretically, these are easy plays to defend.”

Meanwhile, Argentine keeper German Lux was downplaying the issue, ”In this league you will find many goals scored in strategic plays. The teams work a lot with the set-pieces, mainly in offense, and what we need to do is to continue working defensively. You fix this error during the trainings and not getting distracted during the matches.”

Returning to the game, Vázquez is keeping the 4-1-4-1 formation of the past two encounters, though there are three changes due to the casualties. Lux remains at the goal, Laure is the right-back defender and the couple at the centre of the defense will continue to be Pablo Insua-Álex Bergantiños. The first change appears at the left as Manuel Pablo enters in order to claim the spot of suspended Luisinho.

Polish Cezary Wilk continues to be the lonely centre midfielder. Juan Carlos returns to the starting formation in order to join Juan Dominguez on the playmakers’ role, Rudy attacks from the right flank, Bicho, the third modification at the lineup, does it from the left and Borja Bastón is the central attacker.

There’s a second Fabril’s player on the list of picked players: Portuguese centre midfielder Paulo Teles. Another novelty is the return of veteran centre-back Carlos Marchena, who will be sited on the bench. The other player joining Arizmendi at the injury room is winger Álvaro Lemos.

Canarian and former Las Palmas player Manuel Pablo was talking of the meaning of this meeting for him, “This game is marked in my calendar since the first day. It’s always special to play against a rival from the island, especially if it’s the rival of always. It’s a healthy rivalry as I have friend there, but you always want to defeat them. It’s the Canarian rivalry and we hope to take the three points knowing they have improved lately.”

List of picked players (18): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Seoane, Insua, Marchena, Kaká (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez, Teles. Wilk, Antonio Núñez, Juan Carlos, Bicho (midfielders); Luis Fernández, Rudy & Borja Bastón (attackers).

The Canarian club has lived the nightmare that no one wants to live in Spanish football: a quick and deadly transition between Primera & Segunda B. For the season 2009/10 they were back at Liga BBVA after seven years of exile, but the team didn’t clinch the permanence and even suffered a second straight relegation one year later. This painful transition from Primera to Segunda B is always traumatic in a sporting and financial level. In the case of CD Tenerife they had the support of the local authorities and managed to stay alive without needing the administration process, though dragging a debt of €54 million. Now the situation has improved and the debt has been reduced in more than the half.

The sporting situation, however, was more traumatic. The team had problems to adapt at Segunda B and changed the coach in three different opportunities during the season 2011/12. Last season they hired Álvaro Cervera and the situation changed. The team ended at the top of its group and clinched the promotion back to Segunda A after a dramatic playoff round facing L´Hospitalet CE (agg. 3-2).

So, the goal for this season is to clinch the permanence having limited resources and a humble team, mixed with some academy players (3 at the first squad), which will allow the future growth of the club to end making the jump back to Primera. But the start of season was tough as the Canarian team has spent the major part of the season in relegation, this after just winning two games in the first ten matchdays, the second win occurred last weekend as they surprised SD Ponferradina on the road (0-1).

Precisely coach Cervera is ready to use the last starting lineup as the base for this game. The only expected change is the return of right-back Javi Moyano, who’s returning after fulfilling a suspension. It’s a 4-4-2 figure, with Roberto Gutiérrez covering the goal, Moyano performs at the right-back position, 18-year-old Salvador Ruiz ‘Salva’ plays at the left, while the central positions at defense are for Bruno González and Carlos Ruiz.

Midfield is territory for two veterans, ex-Sporting Ricardo León and former Oviedo man Aitor Sanz. Ex-Girona Francisco Javier ‘Chechu’ Flores attacks from the right wing, while 21-year-old Quique Rivero does the same at the left.

The couple in attack is composed by Aridane Santana and Ayoze Pérez. Aridane is a former player of Fabril that spent three seasons in A Coruña as part of a collaboration deal with Canarian club UD Vecindario. It was rumoured during the summer that he was returning to Depor, but he stayed after netting 25 goals on the past Segunda B season. Meanwhile, Ayoze is the big hope at the Canarian club, his team has only scored five times, but he conquered three of those goals despite this is his first full season as a professional player (he’s 20).

Captain Sergio Aragoneses wasn’t picked for the second straight time, so Cervera picked Nauzet Santana from Tenerife B in order to be the second keeper. The list of picked players is composed by 21 men, which means that three of them will be ruled out before the kick-off.

Aridane talked before the game and explained the meaning of facing Depor, ”This is a great team, for different circumstances they fell into Segunda División. They’ve great fans and they support them at every moment, besides there are great players at their squad. They’re currently fighting at the top of the standings and I hope they’ll return to Primera División on this season. But we need to win and will face the game with hope in order to add the three points playing in front of our people.”

Finally, midfielder Aitor Sanz was targeting the victory, ”A victory against Deportivo could be a turning point for us, though not necessarily with the game practiced by the team. But a win on here could mean a push. Deportivo are a historic and strong team that defends pretty well. Surely the fans will enjoy of a great game.”

List of picked players (21): Roberto, Nauzet Santana (goalkeepers); Salva Ruíz, Carlos Ruiz, Bruno González, Moyano, Raúl Llorente, Raúl Camara (defenders); Iñigo Ros, Chechu, Cristo Martín, Suso, Aitor Sanz, Ricardo León, Óscar Rico, Francisco Aday, Enrique Rivero (midfielders); Aridane, Luismi Loro, Guillem Martí & Ayoze (attackers)

Tenerife: (4-4-2) Roberto - Moyano, Bruno, Carlos Ruiz, Salva – Chechu, Ricardo León, Aitor Sanz, Rivero - Aridane, Ayoze.
Deportivo: (4-1-4-1) Lux – Laure, Insua, Álex Bergantiños, Manuel Pablo – Wilk – Rudy, Juan Carlos, Juan Dominguez, Bicho – Borja Bastón.
Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre
Kick-off: 20h00 CET (Heliodoro Rodríguez López)
Head-to-head Vs. Tenerife: 15 wins for Depor, 13 draws, 12 wins for Tenerife (Primera, Segunda & Segunda B)
Record in Tenerife: 5 wins for Depor, 6 draws, 9 wins for Tenerife (Primera, Segunda & Segunda B)



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