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NOTES FROM THE GAME VS REAL BETIS

10 Mar 2017
Radical measures of Pepe Mel during the game, which included to press the players with making changes in the first half. The team also knew how to react after been down in the score, just when it was used to the opposite scenario.

The eight notes from the game Vs. Real Betis:

1- Bad start, better finish: Depor didn’t start right, Pepe Mel complained that his players had orders, but that they simply didn’t fulfil them and therefore the team looked overwhelmed within the first 30 minutes, Betis had superiority in every side on the field with a 5-4-1 figure and only their poor game before the goal avoided to witness scoring chances.

Depor improved since minute 30, because Mel started to move his pieces, and with Betis releasing the pressure the locals started to have their opportunities. The team was much better in the second part and didn’t fell down after the visiting goal, actually it was the moment when more scoring opportunities were created (4 of the 11 had throughout the game).

2- The radical measures of Pepe Mel: Depor’s new coach already showed big differences with his predecessor, if Gaizka Garitano was a passive coach that preferred to wait for the second half in order to make modifications, Mel thinks faster and is open to push the players by any means.

In this game, as the team wasn’t working within the first 30 minutes, he put Bruno Gama, Álex Bergantiños and Ola John on the warming section. Later he confessed in the press room that it was a measure to press the players and force them to do their job, “or they play as they know, or I put other players” he said. He also exchanged the position of Carles Gil and Fajr, just as he did before Atlético Madrid and Sporting Gijón with the Moroccan and Çolak.

3- The centre midfielders: Part of the problems in this game was related to the discrete performance by both centre midfielders. Not a good game for Mosquera and Borges, after a promising performance in the last two games, now Mosquera was intermittent, while Borges was more active performing towards the left wing, though without having any impact in the result until the stoppage time, moment when he provoked a penalty and scored the equalizer from the spot.

4- Old sins, new hope: Deportivo returned to old bad habits, it had better opportunities and should have claimed the lead with the play of Andone that hit the post and the shot of Çolak saved by Adán, later it leaked a goal in the worst positive moment and it seemed that the old ghosts with Garitano were returning, but this time the team never gave up and created four scoring chances within the last ten minutes, the last meant the equalizer. A team used to fail and suffer late overcomes was now claiming back a result at the last minute.

It was the fifth time this season in which Depor gets a positive result after been trailing, in the opening matchday the Galicians came back to defeat SD Eibar (2-1), then in matchday 19 Andone rescued a point at UD Las Palmas (1-1), while the other two comebacks took place in Copa Del Rey, it was in both ties before Deportivo Alavés (2-2 & 1-1).

5- Second goal in the stoppage time: Depor are more used to see the rivals reverting the results in the last minutes, but now it was the opposite. This is the second goal in the stoppage time that meant to change a result in favour of Deportivo, the previous time was in matchday 7 as a low shot of Babel meant to defeat Sporting Gijón at the Riazor (2-1).

6- Price to pay: In a matter of six days Deportivo have played three liga games, all of them with a new coach that has barely directed eight training sessions, and the team picked five points in those three games, a good outcome though paying a price: to lose three players for another game that’s arriving too soon: FC Barcelona at the Riazor. And it’s that Mosquera and Andone picked their fifth yellow on the season and are suspended, while Sidnei paid the price though a muscle injury (left thigh).

7- The penalties: A lot was said during the week after Çolak missed a penalty against Sporting (the fourth on the season and the second that was missed), Pepe Mel admitted that he left the players to choose who should be taking the penalties, but now this has changed as he chose Borges to assume the responsibility, and it paid off.

8- 1,500 games at the Riazor: This was the official game number 1,500 for Deportivo playing at the Riazor. The stadium was inaugurated in 1944 and has witnessed 891 victories for the Galicians, 348 draws and 261 defeats.

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