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01 Jul 2019
The long list of coaches continues at Deportivo. For this season, two coaches with good and long moments, but that failed in the goal of achieving the promotion.

Deportivo had two coaches during the season 2018/19. The first had things in the right way after a complicated adaptation, but later was unable to find the way back after a series of bad results. The second was able to change the dynamic, but failed when everything was in favour. The following is an analysis of the two coaches of Depor.

Natxo González -Overshadowed- The Basque coach did the most difficult thing, which was to create a tactical base since the start, but later failed in making the needed adjustments, reason that caused his downfall. He landed in a Deportivo that was already depressed after suffering a new relegation to Segunda, and from almost zero he created a team that was achieving good results.

For years Depor were used to the 4-2-3-1 system, but the Basque manager likes the 4-3-1-2 and the sporting direction built up the team from that idea, and it worked as Depor left a solid impression from matchday 1. There were some problems as the team dropped some points within the last minutes, like in the 2-2 at CD Tenerife (September 9), but the important thing is that the team showed consistency. By matchday 18, Depor have only lost twice in the season (one of those defeats in Copa Del Rey).

But then the problems arrived, Deportivo suffered a big loss at Cádiz CF (3-0,, December 12), and the team entered a downward spiral characterized by dropping points at the Riazor facing teams struggling to survive in the league. Between January and the beginning of April, Depor only won one of eight games played at the Riazor and the team left signs of exhaustion. 

And Natxo was unable to find solutions to fix the negative streak, he tried to switch the draw into a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-4-2 but it didn’t work. He was criticized for changing the draws and not changing some players, as example he always defended Didier Moreno and preferred him over other options like Pedro Mosquera.

 In the end he was fired after the 0-2 loss with Rayo Majadahonda (April 6), at the time the team was dragging seven games without winning and had passed from been one point below the third place to only be one point above the seven spot.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.5

José Luis Martí -Fleeting- The Majorcan coach was the chosen one to replace Natxo, he landed with the experience of CD Tenerife and their failed playoff, and he had problems to adapt as he didn’t know the players. Something that was clear after losing his first two games, in the second he lost 1-2 Vs. Extremadura UD playing with Didier Moreno and Vitor Silva as starters at midfield.

And that’s when the big difference with his antecessor arrived, because he made changes and started to find a fixed starting eleven for a 4-4-2 scheme. The results started to arrive and   his team won five of the next six games, including three in the playoff.

It seemed the promotion was close after a 2-0 win over RCD Mallorca, but everything was ruined after a disastrous planning of the returning leg with the Majorcans. He was accused of not reacting at all despite the team was ‘laying badly, also for choosing an offensive approach not putting the best offensive players on the pitch (Cartabia and Carlos Fernández). In the end he left the club with a positive balance of 7 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats, but the last result was so bad that it marked his stage with the Galician outfit.
RCDLC.com rating: 6.0



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