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2019: A YEAR TO FORGET FOR DEPORTIVO

26 Dec 2019
In a matter of six months, Deportivo passed from caressing the promotion the elite to be the bottom club at Segunda División. In the middle of instability, the year saw four coaches sat on the bench.

2019 will be a year to forget for Deportivismo. It started with a team that was only a few points away from direct promotion and that was going to lose the train to Primera in the most dramatic way. Coach Natxo González lost the stability enjoyed in the first part of the season 2018/19.

Still, his team didn’t have a bad start to the year. After ending scoreless in the first two games of 2019 (0-0 Vs. CD Lugo and 1-0 at RCD Mallorca), the team had a positive stage between January and the beginning of March, with the Galicians spending seven games without defeats (three victories and four draws).

But then it came the bump that was going to cost the job to González. His team entered a downward spiral of seven games without winning and the Basque man was fired after the 0-2 defeat hosting Rayo Majadahonda (April 6).

Josep Lluís Martí was hired as his replacement, and he had to deal with two straight defeats during his debut, but later the team was going to regain its best form only losing one of the last seven games in the league campaign.

Still, Depor needed some luck in matchday 41 and the combination of results allowed them to enter into the playoff instead of Cádiz CF. The playoffs were going to paint a more aggressive team that won the first three games, first eliminating Málaga CF (aggregate 5-2) and later clinching a 2-0 advantage over RCD Mallorca.

And then came the fatidic day of the second leg with the Majorcans (June 23). The team simply played a terrible game and ended losing 3-0. The dream of promotion was gone in the cruelest way possible and the Galicians weren’t going to recover from that.

Martí wasn’t renewed ahead of the season 2019/20, his errors planning the decisive game with RCD Mallorca erased his credit, and Juan Antonio Anquela was hired as the third coach in the year. And that was going to be a mistake, because Depor passed to be the worst team at Segunda in a stroke of a pen.

It also contributed the poor decisions at the moment of making the signings. Anquela was only able to win the opening matchday with Real Oviedo (3-2), and from there his team was only able to draw four of the next nine games.

Without showing signs of reaction, Anquela was fired after the goalless draw with UD Almeria (October 6). Luis César Sampedro arrived with the team in a critical condition and been the fourth coach in 2019. And the true is that he has been unable to change the course.

His team sank at the standings after been unable to win any of his first ten games with the club. It was until the final two games in the year that Depor reunited with the victory, first in Copa against CD Illueca (0-2) and later in liga against CD Tenerife (2-1). Ironically, this could be the end of Luis César at Depor, which means that the club could have a fifth coach in the same year.

Statistically, Depor played 47 official games in 2019 (42 in liga, 4 in the playoffs and 1 in Copa del Rey). It clinched 12 victories and 18 draws, while it suffered 17 defeats. The team scored 42 goals and allowed 55. It’s the worst mark at the club since 2017, the last full year spent at Primera División. At the time the team only won 9 games and added 13 draws, while it suffered 21 defeats.

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