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NOTES FROM THE GAME AGAINST BARCELONA

14 Dec 2015
Several positive readings from the draw at the Camp Nou; Víctor made a proper reading and Lucas Pérez remains scoring. Cardoso debuted with a surprising performance and the defenders were great despite allowing two goals.

The eight notes from the game against Barcelona FC:

1- Confirmation: Depor remain undefeated facing the leaders. Previously Víctor’s team clinched positive results against teams like Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla CF and Valencia CF, two Champions League contenders, and also before Athletic Club and RC Celta, clubs targeting a European seat

In this opportunity there was some expectation to see how the Blanquiazul outfit was going to react facing one of the two giants and Depor responded with a lesson of collective sacrifice that included a comeback from a 0-2 loss.

2- Comeback kids: This is the four time on this season with Depor losing 0-2 at some point in the game, in three opportunities the team managed to tie the match, it lost before Sporting Gijón (2-3), but grabbed a point scoring twice within the last fifteen minutes playing against Athletic Club and FC Barcelona.

3- Double success for Víctor: New lesson by Víctor Sánchez and this time it was double. Firstly, he planned a game with Fajr chasing Busquets and with Luisinho and Juanfran marking the centre-backs, in this way Depor pressed the output of the ball hurrying the definition of the plays, thus Barca were reduced to only seven shots on target.

Secondly, he guessed right with the modifications. Luisinho was replaced as he was dragging a yellow card; Juan Dominguez passed unnoticed, but it was because he was helping with the pressure at the centre of the field. Jonathan failed three clear opportunities and was replaced by Luis Alberto, who only touched the ball 18 times but it was the best choice. Then Víctor dared to send Cardoso in his debut at Primera and the Portuguese was the revulsive in the game. Perfect tactic and perfect tactical adjustments.

4- Lucas extends the streak: Lucas Pérez scored for the sixth straight matchday, tying the marks of Rivaldo, Makaay & Pandiani. The record at the club is seven straight league matchdays scoring at least once and it was Bebeto, who netted 11 goals in 7 matches during the season 1992/93. Pahiño also scored goals in seven straight appearances in 1954, though in his case he missed games in the middle, so it wasn’t in straight matchdays for Deportivo.

5- Great debut for Cardoso: It should be a dream come true to debut at Primera playing at the Cap Nou, and in the case of Miguel Cardoso it was beyond that as the Portuguese winger changed the game since his entry. He made four shots in just fifteen minutes, he assisted for the first goal and was even close to score the winning goal at the last minute. Definitely he deserves more opportunities.

6- Step backwards by Jonathan: The bad news of the match. Uruguayan Jonathan Rodriguez made a step forward after replacing Oriol Riera against Sevilla, but now he lost what he earned before. The attacker missed three clear chances and remains scoreless in the season.

7- New solid performance by the defence: Marvelous game by the whole defence. One more time Arribas and Sidnei demonstrated that they are one of the best couples of centre backs at Primera. The four side defenders also made a great job, including Laure, who suffered the most on his side with the penetrations by Alba and Sandro, but the Madrilenian was key in a couple of clearances.

8- Depor love the woodwork: Before scoring twice, Depor hit the crossbar in an attempt by Cardoso that later ended in a disallowed goal to Lucas. This is the 11th shot by Depor that end hitting the posts, the Galicians and Barcelona are the Primera team with more shots smashed into the woodwork.

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