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WHAT THE PAPERS WROTE: REAL MADRID – DEPOR

16 Feb 2015
The papers applauded the performance of Deportivo before the leaders in la liga. The media emphasized that the Galicians deserved more and that this is a clear sign that the team is improving facing the last stretch of the season.

Deporte Campeón: Honor before the derby. Honor and 'almost'. Deportivo were defeated at the Santiago Bernabéu, somewhat predictable, but they leave with their heads held high, deserving more than a 2-0 with chances to score and with a decent competitive level of a team from Primera. Three details: after 5 minutes whistles at Chamartin. 51 minutes, more whistles. At the 61’, even more. The white field, with their reactions, made it clear that, at times, Deportivo were dominating the meeting.

Good for Depor, coming out with the head high before the derby and now face the week in order to prepare the most important game of the season, 'O noso derby'. Despite the defeat, the sensations are good. Waiting for Saturday and Celta. Alberto Torres

La Opinión A Coruña: Impertinent dignity. Only four players repeated at the lineup from the resounding stumble against Madrid at the Riazor back in September compared to yesterday’s game. Such has been the commitment of the coach and the club to straighten the progress of a Deportivo that, at this time, it has changed almost completely the face of the team with respect to that slow start. Depor is another team on this stretch of the tournament, safer and more entrenched after searching arrangements to hide the seams detected not so long ago, before Christmas.

The team has had time to recover damaged parts along the way and find a more definite direction on its way to the permanence. Deportivo had time even to gain security, something necessary to unfold as it did it yesterday against Madrid at Chamartin. Only the confidence in their own potential, and a pinch of unconsciousness, can allow now to ignore the enormous differences between two teams like Madrid and the Blanquiazul outfit.

All of that, even their position at the standings, although it can also be the opposite, was forgotten by the players, who played confidently and bringing inconvenience to Ancelotti’s team at their own stadium. It was somehow a vindication of dignity in a polarized tournament between the powerful ones and those who fight for survival with limited resources. It was a delicious and brazen claim of dignity. Marcos Otero

La Voz de Galicia: Reinforcement in the defeat. The 2-0 entered into the previous logic to Deportivo's visit to the Bernabéu, but not what happened during most of that hour and a half, time in which Real Madrid was right in front of goal but saw a solid Galician team, much improved compared to the one crushed at the Riazor in the first round of the tournament. Depor are going out strengthened in its growth in recent weeks after planting serious opposition to Madrid, subdue Casillas to a good stress test in goal and find the woodwork in a shot by Borges that could have changed the fate of the match.

Victor Fernandez’s men only capitulated in the final stretch of the match, tired of an effort much appreciated by the fans, who saw a spectacle far and away from the embarrassment of the 2-8, enjoying a competitive team that nudged the demons of a Bernabéu willing to criticize their players. Despite the casualties, Depor escape the hit of the 2-8 at the Riazor and competed admirably before a Real Madrid in a low scale of football, but devastating in the punch and quality. Miguel Pïñeiro

AS: A good Deportivo without reward. Yesterday Depor offered a good match at the Bernabéu, even larger for long moments. As a team, it was better and superior to Madrid, but the punch at both areas is light years away. What was saw has even more merit if you consider that the Galicians arrived to the meeting with nine casualties and the ghosts of the 2-8 at the Riazor in everyone's head.

The hope flew with the goal of Benzema, but before there was a brave team with very clear ideas. Within the first ten minutes of play they had already made six shots, Ancelotti’s men, zero. Borges and Alex Bergantiños dominated midfield almost at will, we saw the best version of Cuenca and Manuel Pablo said good-bye with fortitude to the Bernabéu. The timing of the match was at the beginning of the second half with Borges hitting the post, the header of Oriol Riera, with an overwhelming Depor that ended the game without reward. Yesterday we finally saw the football of Víctor Fernández, and that is great news ahead of a hopeful future. Luis de La Cruz

Marca: Little fun at the Bernabéu. Real Madrid made a return to the win column following last week's horrendous derby defeat with a rather sluggish 2-0 win over Deportivo at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Isco scored a pearler of a goal in the first half and Karim Benzema added insurance with a score in the second half to restore Real's four-point advantage at the top of the La Liga table, with second-place Barcelona scheduled to play Sunday.

For whatever reason, Real once again were slow to start a match, as Deportivo's Isaac Cuenca had two very good looks at goal inside the first six minutes, but the former Barcelona man had his first shot saved by Casillas and the second just missing wide.

To their credit, Depor did not let the Real opener affect their approach and the Galicians stayed in the match and had a chance to equalize through Cuenca in the 31st minute. Yet through it all Real looked lethal going forward and had the large majority of the scoring chances of the first half, but were unable to claim a second before the break.

Just like in the first half, the second half started with Depor having a pair of scoring chances. Celso Borges, who scored a brace in Depor's win at Rayo weeks earlier, sent a shot across goal that rang off the post in the 48th minute. Then less than a minute later it was a Lucas Pérez headers forcing a good save out of Casillas to keep the scoreline at 1-0.

By the hour mark, there was genuine concern floating around the Bernabéu as Depor not only posed a threat, but at times they completely bossed Real in midfield, while the hosts' top heavy strike trio was rendered almost useless. Bale and Ronaldo each had late efforts at goal, but it was to no avail, as Real were unable to add a third and consoled themselves with the narrow win. Arch Bell

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