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10 Dec 2019
A good offense is the only thing needed to uncover the praised improvements in defense. The saves of Dani Giménez weren’t enough and Depor has now spent 18 games without wins, the worst streak in the history of the club.

1- Not a bad game, but it wasn’t enough: Deportivo have played worse games on this terrible season and still ended adding a point, but in this opportunity the problem was consistency. Because Depor had good starts in both the first and second halves, but the Galicians lost a lot of things within the final 20-25 minutes. And that was seized by a solid Zaragoza to define a game in which all the stats were in their favour: more chances to score (9 v 6) more shots (18 v 14) and more attempts on target (10 v 6).

2- The “strong” defence of Deportivo: Many times the job of a sector in a team is judged only by the outcomes and punctual situations, while other variables aren’t taking into account, and that was happened with the defence of Deportivo. Because throughout the week Luis César praised the “improvements” after two straight clean sheets, but the true is that those games without goals were against teams that were bad in attack like AD Alcorcón and CD Lugo. So, now it’s possible to question if these improvements really exist.

This time Real Zaragoza uncovered the miseries of a defensive line that’s very poor. Lampropoulos was fine for 60 minutes, but later fell down committing a penalty and looking bad in the third goal after been surpassed by Luis Suárez. Somma looked slow throughout the match and the Italian defender failed in the first two goals. And the trident at midfield, especially Álex Bergantiños, failed in the job of containing Eguaras, the brain of Zaragoza. He made 80 passes (the highest number in the game) and several of the arrivals from the Aragonians started with him been alone and without facing any pressure.

3- The saves by Dani Giménez It has been a while since Depor’s keeper isn’t a factor in the games. He kept Depor alive until minute 79 with several saves, including a meritorious save in a penalty against Luis Suárez.

4- The offensive strategy of Luis César: Depor’s coach opted in keeping a 4-3-3 system with a variant, because Aketxe, Mollejo and Koné were rotating at the centre of the attack, and it didn’t work, to the point that two of those three players were replaced at half-time; later the team improved with the entries of Beto da Silva and Borja Valle, because both were more vertical, and that was what an open game needed.

5- The debate with Beto Da Silva Once again Beto da Silva came out from the bench and gave the feeling that he can bring more things having more opportunities, in this game he was key for the reaction in the second half and assisted for the goal. Luis César was questioned about this, and he defended his decisions saying that the Peruvian attacker is good, but that lacks tactical things. But it’s hard to imagine that he cannot add more things that Samuele Longo, who again was a ghost at the Riazor.

6- Breaking the goalless streak: One of the few good news from the game is that Deportivo finally scored a goal. The goal by Borja Valle broke a streak of 382 minutes without scoring, and only a few minutes later the same player could have scored the second, but the keeper blocked his attempt.

7- It’s now official: This is the worst Deportivo ever: 18 matchdays without winning, this is now the worst streak ever in the history of the club. It was hard to foresee the situation in the pre-season, and now it’s harder to imagine how Depor can break the negative dynamic as the relegation seems now as a probable scenario.



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