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28 Aug 2017
It seemed that Deportivo didn’t have a plan for the game, but it managed to rescue a point, though it was dropping a two-goal lead. Rubén and Cartabia were the best players for the Galicians.

The seven notes from the game Vs. Levante UD:

1- Was there a plan for the game? It called the attention that, after the game, coach Pepe Mel said that the plan was to have the ball as Levante suffer without it, while Cartabia told to reporters that the plan was the opposite: to hold back and play in the counterattack. Beyond verbal confusions, the team didn’t leave the impression of having a clear plan of what to do before a rival that had the initiative throughout the meeting. Only the introduction of Adrián altered the situation, though soon Levante were reduced to ten men.

2- Schär is the output of the ball: It was only his second Primera game at the club, but Fabian Schär is already the one doing the output of the ball. With Mosquera and Guilherme having a poor game, it was the Swiss the one with more touches at his team (62) and he did it with a solid 83% in the passing accuracy. What the team missed later was continuity on the field to prolong the plays and create scoring chances.

3- Null game for Çolak, Bakkali and Andone: Big part of the offensive problems in this game were related to the poor contribution by Emre Çolak, Zakaria Bakkali and Florin Andone. The three of them never completed a shot and were replaced in the second part, the Turkish was never a factor, the Belgian only made eleven touches and this is the first game since his arrival in which Andone doesn’t completes a shot.

4- Redemption for Rubén Martínez: In the middle of the rumours pointing to the signing of a new keeper, Rubén gave a step forward and fixed the bad impression left against Real Madrid with a great performance before Levante UD. If Depor were able to get a point it was big part thanks to the saves by the Galician keeper, he made three key saves and was only defeated in set-pieces, a penalty and a well taken free-kick. It might move the club to stop the search of a new goalkeeper.

5- Great game by Cartabia: Pepe Mel emphasized the minutes of Adrián and the saves by Rubén, but Cartabia is the man to emphasize in this meeting. With the rest of the attacking line unplugged from the game, the Argentine was the most dangerous man, he completed three shots (two of them on target) and scored one of the goals. And this having in mind that the playmaker was out of his position as he performed on the right wing.

6- Wasting a two-goal lead: Levante UD were the superior side in this game, so to rescue a point should be understand as a positive outcome, but it was painful at the same time as Depor dropped a two-goal lead. The last time Depor were unable to win a game after having the same advantage was the home game with Sevilla CF: from 2-0 to 2-3 (November 19, 2016).

7- Away sorrow: New chapter in the lack of victories for Deportivo playing on the road, within the last 110 away league meetings the Galicians only won 10. Last season the team only clinched one away victory, it was the visit to Sporting Gijón (0-1, March 5). Since then the team chains a streak of six away meetings without adding the three points (3 draws and 3 defeats).




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