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25 Apr 2016
Deportivo were once again an irregular team, but with the difference that Cartabia was regular enough to allow the draw. The defence improved a lot with the return of Arribas and despite Juanfran was improvised as a left-back.

1- Irregular: The main thing during the press conference of Víctor Sánchez before the game was to point out the irregular performance of the team, he was complaining that his team was usually combining a poor half with another one that was acceptable. He complained that this irregularity is the main factor that explains the poor set of results in the second round.  And that same picture was exactly witnessed at Ipurua.

For 35 minutes Depor did nothing in the first half, it was a clueless team that allowed an early goal, but ended the half in a different way: pushing and creating two good chances. Then the team was more dynamic and created enough chances to deserve the tie, and after scoring the equalizer Deportivo retreated, probably for been tired. Another irregular game with the team leaving very different impressions between both halves.

2- Complete game by Cartabia: Throughout the season Fede Cartabia has showed glimpses of his class, a very good example of the irregular performance mentioned by Víctor, because he was having a few good minutes to later ended replaced after disappearing from the pitch. Only in a few games he kept the same level in the whole game (the last one against Málaga CF back in March) and this one was one of those few occasions.

Cartabia was the best player and the most decisive one on the pitch. The Argentine had 3 of the 6 chances to score for his team, he also fired 4 of the 9 shots and scored a goal that meant an important point. He was also the four Depor’s player with more touches in the game (58’). In resume Cartabia was the regularity in the middle of the irregularity.

3- Arribas and Sidnei: After serving his suspension, Arribas was back at the centre of the defence and Depor returned to be a rocky team that barely concedes opportunities. In this match Eibar only created four chances and the defence always seemed well planted with the exception of the corner-kicks. Sidnei even had time to join the attacks as he was the one that started the plays that lead to 3 of the 4 shots made by Cartabia in the game, including the goal.

4- The nightmare of the set-pieces: Deportivo are now the Primera team that allows more goals in set-pieces (13). And in this game the corner-kicks were the headache for Víctor; actually the only two shots on target made by Eibar in the game came after a corner, the first was the goal and the second a header of Mauro that was blocked by Manu. Depor’s keeper even had to clear two dangerous crosses, including one sent directly from the spot by Hajrović. Also to mention the direct free-kick that the Bosnian smashed into the woodwork.

5- Juanfran as a left-back: Juanfran was going to be one of the “victims” from the heavy loss with Barcelona, game in which he performed as a left-back, but found out that he was going to repeat his presence in the same position after Fernando Navarro unexpectedly stepped down during the warm up. This time the things were different and the Madrilenian ended to be the player that made more touches in the game (68) with a decent passing ratio of 76%, though he continued failing in his crossing attempts as his five crosses in the game missed the target.

6- Lucas and Riera in attack: Depor lacked depth in many stages of the game and it had to do with the fact that neither Lucas nor Riera had a good game. Both men made more touches at midfield than in the attacking field, with Lucas more involved in combinative actions assisting his partners, and with Riera busier falling to the wins in order to drag the mark.

7- Record of draws: Never before a Primera team has added 18 draws in one single season, and that’s the mark that Deportivo reached with this result. The Galician outfit had three more matchday to end drawing a full round.



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