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NOTES FROM THE GAME VS. SD EIBAR

21 Aug 2016
A victory, but with some negative issues. Once again the team allowed a goal in a corner-kick and once again Lucas Pérez was the most determinant player in offense. The new signings had a grey debut.

The seven notes from the game against SD Eibar:

1- Bad debut: Despite the sweet taste of the victory, Deportivo didn’t give a good impression in the game. It was the same grey team of the pre-season, as it happened against Villarreal CF in the Teresa Herrera, the team was intense at the beginning and lost stamina with the passage of the minutes, to the point that SD Eibar was the better side at the end of the first part and at the beginning of the second.

2- Hurried: One of the main reasons why the team looked bad at the end of the first part was that it felt uncomfortable, always hurrying up the plays and never founding the way to pass the ball to the attackers and in the end the side defenders were releasing long throws that were easily intercepted by SD Eibar. Juanfran (72), Albentosa (71) and Navarro (64) were the players with more touches for Depor in the game, a clear demonstration of the busy game for the defenders.

3- Grey debut for the new signings: Four of the new signings were starters in the game and the true is that the four of them didn’t have a good performance. Albentosa didn’t look secure, though he was key in the aerial game (7 aerial balls won). Guilherme misplaced two passes that caused a counterattack by the rival and ended replaced, Carles Gil only touched the ball in 23 opportunities and was also replaced.

Then Bruno Gama didn’t bring the needed depth on the left wing, he only made 50 touches and only created danger in a one-o-one action that was saved by Riesgo (6’). A fifth signing, Florin Andone, entered when the team was losing, but only touched the ball in 8 opportunities after 34 minutes.

4- Set-pieces: The three goals came in set-pieces actions. Good to see Deportivo scoring in a free-kick action, but once again it conceded a goal in a corner-kick. Last season the team was the one that conceded more goals in set pieces: 16 (13 in corner-kicks). Garitano still needs to work hard to fix this issue.

5- First comeback in three years: Deportivo came back in the scoresheet after allowing a goal at the middle of the second half. It’s the first time in three years in which the team wins a league match after been down in the scoresheet.

The previous opportunity was for the 3-2 home win over Real Zaragoza (April 6, 2013 – matchday 30, season 2012/|3). At the time the team was coached by Fernando Vázquez and was trying to escape from the last place. A goal by Bruno Gama was cancelled by two Aragonian goals, Marchena tied the score before half-time and an own goal in the second part left the three points at the Riazor.

6- A Coruña: Important win with the goals netted by Pedro Mosquera and Lucas Pérez, two players from the city. For the first time in almost 55 years two A Coruña-born players scored for Depor in the same Primera game. The previous opportunity was for the season 1962/63 with Jaime Blanco and José Luis Veloso scoring in a 2-0 win Vs. Córdoba (Oct 28, 1962).

7- Lucas Pérez: Strong start for the best player of last season. Lucas passed unnoticed at the beginning, but later grew up in the game and ended scoring a goal and brining an assist. He completed three shots and was the fourth player with the best passing accuracy (78%).

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