Squad news


03 Feb 2019
Disappointing draw at the Riazor; Depor had more opportunities, but the Galicians didn’t left a positive impression against a rival well placed on the pitch.

Coach Natxo González presented the expected 4-3-3 lineup with the only novelty of Didier Moreno playing for Pedro Mosquera. Fabril’s Jonathan Montiel was left out of the list of eighteen men for the game, while Fede Cartabia was fit to play, but he started on the bench. New signing Nahuel Leiva was on the bench despite only completing one training session with the team.

Dani Giménez was the goalkeeper, David Simón covered the right side in defence, the let was for Diego Caballo. Pablo Mari and Domingos Duarte covered the central positions, Didier Moreno joined Edu Expósito and Álex Bergantiños at midfield territory, then the trident in attack was composed by Quique González, Borja Valle and Christian Santos.

At CD Tenerife, Oltra presented the expected 4-2-3-1 formation. Uroš Račić started at midfield, with Borja Lasso, Francisco Montañes and Filip Malbašić been the main references up front.


The pace was low at the start of the game, Deportivo tried to have the ball, but was failing in making passes in offensive positions. The first chance to score was for CD Tenerife, it was a lateral free-kick with Jorge Sáenz heading the ball on target and Dani Giménez made the save clearing the ball to corner-kick (7’).


Depor responded stealing the ball at the edge of the area during a goal-kick, but Borja Valle didn’t continue the play and his shot went wide (10’). The Galicians were having big problem to move the ball, they also tried to put pressure up front, but CD Tenerife was managing to pass this pressure and in one of these plays Malbašić collected the ball at the left side of the area, but he missed the target (17’).

CD Tenerife started to feel comfortable on the pitch, but Depor had a good opportunity at minute 23. Christian Santos collected a pass at the edge of the area, and the final shot of the Venezuelan went over the crossbar.

At minute 33, the best combinative play for the locals ended with a low cross from the right and Quique González couldn’t control the ball inside the box, instead Depor’s top-scorer ended making a pass to visiting goalie Dani Hernández.  Two minutes later, Borja Valle was firing from the edge of the area and his attempt was deflected by a defender.

Deportivo ended better the first part, the Galicians now had the ball and started to push. Their best chance in this frame was a combination on the right that ended with a low cross from David Simón and Quique González couldn’t connect the ball properly, so his attempt went over the crossbar (41’).

Deportivo didn’t improve in the second part, the Galicians tried, but without giving a real sense of danger. Cartabia and Nahuel Leiva entered, but the situation didn’t change and Quique González wasted two good chances within the final ten minutes.

The final part started with a Depor that were having the initiative, but at the same time the Galicians were having problems each time they were stepping into the rival’s area, so the team was leaving the impression of been too thick, like missing a man that can unclog the passing lanes.

CD Tenerife didn’t feel as comfortable as in the first part, but like in the first half, they had the first chance to score. Filip Malbašić (59’) collected the ball inside the area and his crossed and drilling attempt was saved by Dani Giménez. And like it happened in the first part, the response from Depor was to steal the ball at the edge of the area in the next play and this time Quique González was the one that missed the target (60’).

Then the Canarians started to look dangerous through the counterattack, Depor lost control of the game and Natxo sent Cartabia to replace Christian Santos. At this point the game turned to be chaotic, because no one had control of the actions. CD Tenerife were having a more solid ball possession, but they also suffered with the attempts from Depor.

The second substitution of Depor was the entry of Krohn-Dehli for Didier Moreno.
Then Nahuel Leiva replaced Borja Valle. The new signing was the last hope to change the picture, but he barely touched the ball and didn’t mark the difference.

Instead, Quique González had the last two chances. At minute 83, a throw-in left him alone against Dani Hernández, but his crossed shot just passed close to the far post. The other opportunity came in the stoppage time, Cartabia had a direct free-kick, his low shot was poorly blocked by Dani Hernández, but later Quique González didn’t connect properly the loose ball, and between the keeper an a defender they stopped the ball at the goal line (90+2’).

Poor game by Deportivo. The team committed big errors with the passes, and also was too predictable in attack. The result was a disappointing goalless draw that could even have ended in a defeat if CD Tenerife would have more quality in attack.

Deportivo is now fourth at the standings and could lose another position before the end of the matchday if CA Osasuna is able to win its game. The next match is a tough one as the Galicians visit Granada CF (Sunday, 18h00 CET)

Deportivo: (4-3-3) Dani Giménez – David Simón, Domingos Duarte, Pablo Mari, Caballo – Edu Expósito, Álex Bergantiños, Didier Moreno (Krohn-Dehli 75’) – Quique González, Christian Santos (Cartabia 70’), Borja Valle (Nahuel Leiva 78’).
Tenerife: (4-2-3-1) Dani Hernández – Luis Pérez, Alberto, Jorge Sáenz, Héctor – Račić, Luis Milla – Suso (Coniglio 78’), Borja Lasso (Undabarrena 88’), Montañes (Naranjo 46’) – Malbašić.
Referee: José Antonio López Toca. He showed yellow card to Didier Moreno (31’), Uroš Račić (36’), Borja Lasso (53’), Luis Milla (56’), Caballo (58’) & Naranjo (87’)
Venue: Riazor (18,818)
Other statistics: Ball possession (54% - 46%); Attempts to score (7 – 3); Total shots (12 - 7); Shots on target (4 - 2); Saves by the keepers (2 - 4); Corner-kicks (2 - 3); Offsides (1 - 0); Fouls committed (13- 20); Passing accuracy (79% - 77%)



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