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28 Oct 2017
Depor allowed four goals at home in a Copa game for the first time in seventy-five years, it was the debut if Cristóbal Parralo with the team slowing the same old sins.

The six notes from the game in Copa hosting UD Las Palmas

1- Déjà vu: No matter who is sat at the bench, Gaizka Garitano, Pepe Mel or Cristóbal Parralo, Deportivo continue to demonstrate that it enters late to the major part of the games, it caresses the feat in some of those meetings, but later it always end losing games that seemed accessible.

It happened last season in the home clash with CD Leganés (with Garitano on the bench), it happened recently against Real Sociedad and Girona FC (Mel’s last game) and once again in Copa facing UD Las Palmas (Parralo’s debut). And it’s not a tactical issue and neither a lack of attitude, but a theme of mental strength. That’s Parralo’s big test to convey competitiveness to a team already used to lose.

2- The defence and the disaster at the goal: Third time on the season with Depor allowing four goals, just when the fans wanted to turn the page of Mel, they end up watching a new poor performance of the defence. Sidnei, who once was considered as one of the best defenders in liga, failed twice in this match and the quick combinations of Las Palmas were enough to dismantle a defensive sector that lacks intelligence and strength. The accuracy of Schär is gone and he even ended injured.

Another chapter of this sad story is the goalkeeper, four men already defended the goal and the issue continues unresolved. After the game, Cristóbal Parralo told reporters that he and his keeper’s trainer thought that Przemysław Tytoń was the most prepared man for the job, and once again he was a disappointment. The Polish should have blocked the first goal and later his first same came until the score was already 1-2.

3- Valverde´s position: One of the most recent debates at Deportivo lived a new chapter in this game, he began the meeting acting as a playmaker, but soon had to switch to the right-back position after Juanfran was sent off. He later returned to midfield after the entry of Gerard Valentín. The Uruguayan has quality, but it’s difficult to see it if he performs out of position.

4- The anxiety of Lucas Pérez The Galician striker might have scored the lonely goal for Depor, but he seems too desperate and frequently misses the accuracy to continue and end the plays. In this game it happened a couple of opportunities in the first half and the fans started to whistle, something that he didn’t like. The fact that the main figure of the team is facing these protests demonstrates the grey season lived by Deportivo.

5- Four goals allowed in Copa: Depor conceded four goals in the first-leg of Copa Del Rey, a huge difference that’s almost deciding the tie. The last time that Depor allowed four goals in a Copa match was in the 1-4 loss visiting Málaga CF (December 18, 2014).

Another stat to have in mind is that Deportivo allowed four goals in a Copa meeting disputed at the Riazor for the first time in 75 years. Totally, Depor have conceded four goals in five home Copa meetings, and the previous match in which this situation occurred was hosting Valencia CF (2-4; May 20, 1944).

6- Terrible mark in Copa Del Rey: The last years have been poor for Deportivo performing in la liga, and the same can be said of the Galicians playing for Copa Del Rey. Because Los Blanquiazules only won two of the last twelve Copa meetings: 2-1 at UD Llagostera in 2015 and 3-1 hosting Real Betis at the end of 2016.



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