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NOTES FROM THE GAME VS VALENCIA

04 Apr 2017
Deportivo relived its entire season in the first 30 minutes at Mestalla, the initial lineup left doubts, while the Galician side is now one of the two clubs at Primers that have failed three penalties on the season.

The seven notes from the game against Valencia:

1- Summary of the season in just 30 minutes: The first 30 minutes are a good way to reflect on the season of Deportivo, because it was a series of unfortunate situations that led to see the team going down. In just three minutes the Blanquiazul outfit passed from wasting a penalty to allow a goal in a distraction during a free-kick, and in the middle a disallowed goal that should have counted. And the penalty could have been repeated as Alves was three meters from the line at the moment of the shot, while three defenders were at the area when Fajr connected the ball. And to round the show before the 30-minute mark an own goal that was securing the win for a team that almost did nothing to get a two-goal lead.

2- The 4-4-2: Mel said after the game that he liked the performance of the team with two strikers, but the true is that the team never seemed comfortable with the figure. Joselu only appeared to waste a couple of chances, and only Andone was a headache for a defensive line that never saw the result in danger. Neither Fajr worked on the left wing and ended replaced at half-time.

3- Guilherme and Álex Bergantiños: The injury of Mosquera plus the rest gave to Borges forced to see Álex and Guilherme playing together for the first time, there were doubts with this decision as both are considered defensive midfielders, and the true is that it gave a sense of duplicity, because Depor missed a guide at midfield and things only improved after Álex was replaced and the draw was switched into a 4-1-4-1 with only one centre midfielder on the pitch. Guilherme ended the game as the player with more touches on the field (94).

4- The options offered by Carles Gil: Despite ending scoreless, Deportivo looks like a different team when Carles Gil is a starter. The winger has been a starter in six games and in four them the Galicians conquered the victory. In this game he made seven dribbles and six crosses, he also completed three shots, plus a disallowed goal that should have counted.

5- Terrible defending in set-pieces: Usually Depor are strong in set-pieces, both defending and attacking, but in this game everything was terrible.  Valencia CF had three corners and three free-kicks in attack and the half of those opportunities ended in goals, two counted (a free-kick and a corner) and in the second half the goal after a free-kick was disallowed for an offside.

6- Another error by Albentosa Not a good way to start 2017 for Raul Albentosa. He has starred some unfortunate plays in this year, he provoked the penalty that cost the game with Alavés, one week later was sent off before Leganés, and against Betis he was close to cost an upset entering the pitch in the final minutes just to make a last-minute foul at the edge of the area. Now he scored an own goal, though it’s also true that Lux failed in the played as he stayed at the goal line just when he should have tried to catch or punch the ball out.

7- The sixth penalty for Depor on this season: Deportivo earned a penalty at the start of the game, it was the sixth for the Galicians and the third that was missed. Depor and Sporting Gijón are the club that have missed more penalties on this season. Lucas Pérez (matchday 01) and Borges (matchday 13 & 21) scored their penalties, while Babel (matchday 14) failed a penalty against Real Sociedad, though later he scored after collecting the loose ball. Çolak missed his penalty against Sporting Gijón (matchday 26).

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