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11 Dec 2017
For the first time since the last return to Primera Depor ended a match without allowing a goal, the system worked with Adrián and Çolak shining in attack.

The five notes from the home game Vs. CD Leganés:

1- A system that worked: Deportivo returned to winning ways and did it using a 4-2-3-1 system that worked, and it worked because every player on the field did what they should. Rubén wasn’t making saves, but it was because the rival wasn’t shooting on target. Still, he was fine at the moment of intercepting a couple of difficult crosses.

Later the defenders were focused and only committed a few mistakes, the two centre midfielders were administrating the ball possession and had more touches than the defenders, something that didn’t happen in previous games, the playmaker (Çolak) was busy creating opportunities and was the man with more touches, and finally the wingers and the centre forward were constantly combining in attack to give a sense of danger, the only thing they missed was to define one or two of the opportunities they had.

2- Third clean sheet on the season: Parralo was emphasizing the importance of clinching a clean sheet, and this was the third time on the season with Deportivo ending a game without conceding goals. The previous two opportunities were in the 1-0 Vs. win against Alavés and the 0-0 draw at SD Eibar.

It’s hard to say if this is only a merit of serious Deportivo or if it was a deficiency by Leganés, the Madrilenian side trying to exploit the counterattack, but they never completed a shot on target, and their only opportunity to score in the game was a corner-kick at the end of the first half in which Bustinza headed the ball out (44’).

3- No shots on target by Leganés: Deportivo returned to the elite on the season 2014/15, it has played 129 games in the competition since that moment and this is the first opportunity in which it ended a liga meeting without allowing a shot on target.

4- The great game of Çolak: It has been a mediocre start of season for Emre Çolak, and this was a great opportunity to regain some field and the Turkish playmaker seized the chance. He was the player with more touches on the field (81), plus completing three shots and two key passes.

Çolak was very important in the game as he was constantly combining with Adrián and Carles Gil, a key point why Depor was the most dangerous team on the pitch. He was involved in the best opportunities, including the play of the goal as it was him who released the strong shot that Cuéllar barely blocked.

5- Adrián and the Razor: Striker Adrián López seems to have a special link with the Riazor on this season, because his best performances are taking place in those meetings. Again, he was very important and was the player with more shots in the game (4). This was the third appearance as a starter of Adrián at the Riazor since his return and he has scored a goal in each one of those three meeting, and in the previous two he also provided an assist.



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