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12 Mar 2019
A team that no longer feels comfortable at the Riazor, the system didn’t work and Mosquera was the centre of the team as Edu Expósito didn’t show up.

The six notes of the game Vs. UD Las Palmas:

1- Losing the mind at home:March was saw as a good opportunity to reach the first two places as Depor was going to play three straight games at home, but that opportunity has turned into a pressure that the team has been unable to handle. And the fans have a lot to do with it, since minute 5 there were whistles when the players were passing the ball backwards, that pressure started to grow as things weren’t working on the pitch and turned into an anxiety that killed a team that barely had opportunities to score.

2- The system: In the end Natxo González used a 4-3-3 draw and not the expected 4-3-1-2, it didn’t work throughout the game. At the start because UD Las Palmas were putting a high pressure, and later because the game on the sides was poor with Nahuel and Pedro Sánchez lacking depth on the sides, later there was no one connecting the centre, Edu Expósito never appeared and Quique González never had a chance, the attacker only completed one shot in the whole meeting.

3- Pedro Mosquera was the centre: With Edu Expósito disappeared, the game of Deportivo rotated around Pedro Mosquera, the Galician midfielder was the player with more passes on the pitch (65) and was the only one that brought balance. Natxo risked by replacing him with Christian Santos, and it was that precise movement the one that broke the team in two pieces, and it was then when rival had its best moment in the game that led to their goal.

4- Not seizing the set-pieces: UD Las Palmas is a weak team defending the set-pieces, but Depor never seized this factor. In the first half the best two opportunities came in lateral free-kicks, in the first the header of Domingos Duarte was saved by Raúl Fernández (17’), the Canarians have big problems in these plays as in this action, no one marked Depor’s centre-back, but in he second half Depor never attempted the same, neither in the corner-kicks nor in the free-kicks.

5- Seven red cards on the season: Depor still breaking the record of red cards in one single season. The expulsion of Edu Expósito is the seventh on the season, the highest mark at Segunda tied with Nástic. Truly several of the previous red cards were controversial, but this one was a clear one as the midfielder tackled from behind Maikel Mesa. It’s also true the referee should have shown more red cards to the visiting players after the continuous fouls over Vicente Gómez (8 fouls suffered in the game).

6- First home defeat on the season: This was the first home defeat of Deportivo on the current season, the previous time Los Blanquiazules lost at the Riazor was in May of last year hosting Villarreal CF (2-4). And the previous home defeat in a Segunda tournament was a 0-3 loss against SD Ponferradina back on the campaign 2013/14 (April 26, 2014).



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