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07 Jun 2013
Riki was the best scorer at Depor in almost a decade at Primera; Valerón was the ninth best assistor in la liga, while the numbers of the new signings were poor. Bruno Gama is the second outfield player that disputed all the games as a starter.

The top-scorer at Deportivo was Riki (13), it’s the first time in nine years in which a Depor’s player nets that number of goals playing for Primera División, the last man that did it was Pandiani on the season (2003/04). The Madrilenian was also the 12th best scorer in the league and the 8th best Spanish scorer at Liga BBVA.

Pizzi (7) was the second best scorer at the team, which means that two Depor’s players combined scored twenty goals in a Primera tournament, it’s also the first time in nine years in which this situation occurs, back on the season 2003/04 Víctor scored seven goals and joined Pandiani at the top of Depor’s list of Pichichis.

Another remarkable situation was that Bruno Gama made 38 appearances as a starter; it’s the second time in a 38-game season in which an outfield player does the same at Depor, the previous one to do it was Coloccini during the season 2007/08. On the season that’s ending only other two players were starters in all the liga meetings: Zaragoza’s Francisco Montañes and Granada’s Mikel Rico.

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to notice that the Portuguese winger is also the fourth player in the league that suffered more fouls (90). Only three men suffered more on the season: Athletic’s Ander Herrera (107), Rayo Vallecano’s Trashorras (96) and Real Sociedad’s Carlos Vela (93).

Juan Carlos Valerón made nine assists in liga, which turned to be the ninth best mark in the tournament, only below Iniesta (16), Özil (13), Messi (12), Fábregas (11), Benzema (11), Cristiano Ronaldo (10) and Rakitic (10).

The other men that completed three or more assists were Pizzi (6) and Bruno Gama (5). Among the negative stats, Riki was caught in an offside position during 47 opportunities, it’s the second highest number at Liga BBVA, only below Zaragoza’s Helder Postiga (53).

Aranzubia was the goalkeeper that allowed more goals at Primera (67), but was also the sixth with more saves (105), only below Athletic’s Iraizoz (153), Getafe’s Moyá (118), Betis’ Adrián (114), Osasuna’s Andrés (107) and Malaga’s Caballero (107)

The Depor’s player with more minutes was Bruno Gama (3,146), other eight players accumulated 2,000 or more minutes on the pitch: Pizzi (3,089), Aranzubia (3,084), Riki (2,708), Abel Aguilar (2,412), Valerón (2,271), Aythami Artiles (2,172), Manuel Pablo (2,112) & Álex Bergantiños (2,059).

An interesting stat is that only three of the twelve arrivals for the season were able to, at least, play the half of the minutes (1,710) during the league season: Pizzi (3,089), Abel Aguilar (2,412) and Marchena (1,852). Sílvio (1,340) didn’t reach the mark, though it’s also true that he arrived during the winter window.

The other eight new signings had a poor impact in the team: Evaldo (1,208), Oliveira (851), Camuñas (652), Assunção (625), Kaká (432), André Santos (337), Roderick (241) and Tiago Pinto (90). Actually, Oliveira was a substitute in 28 opportunities, the highest number in la liga, which is also a record at the club breaking the 27 of Luque during the season 2002/03.

It’s always interesting to notice the pass ratio stats, on the whole season the player with the higher percentage, and that at least played five league games, was Juan Dominguez (88.7%), followed by Kaká (87.8), Laure (84.8%), André Santos (84%), Valerón (82.7), Abel Aguilar (81.8), Pizzi (80.9%), Aythami (80.6%), Manuel Pablo (80.6%), Sílvio (80.5%), Marchena (80.5), Álex Bergantiños (80.4%) and Bruno Gama (80.1%). All of these men were above the 80%.

In the other hand, the players under the same circumstances with the worst passing ratio were:Jesús Vázquez (66%), Ayoze (73%), Salomão (73.7%), Riki (74%), Oliveira (75.2), Assunção (77.6), Camuñas (77.9%), Evaldo (79%) and Ze Castro (79.80&)

The Depor’s player with more shots was Riki (118), followed by Pizzi (89), Bruno Gama (52), Oliveira (51) and Abel Aguilar (38). These five men were the also the leaders in the shots on target department: Riki (46), Pizzi (38), Bruno Gama (25), Oliveira (20) and Abel Aguilar (9). Álex Bergantiños also made nine. Worth to mention that Pizzi hit the woodwork in five opportunities.

Finally, Aythami was the player that recovered the ball in more opportunities (256), followed by Marchena (254), Álex Bergantiños (211), Manuel Pablo (205), Abel Aguilar (202), Ze Castro (163) and Juan Dominguez (117).



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