Squad news


16 Jun 2020
Deportivo had enough chances to score at least twice, but ended the game even without shots on target. Çolak and Gaku were the best news, and Ba didn’t convince despite showing some interesting things.

1- Football is back, the goals remain in quarantine: Strange game at the Riazor, not only for been played behind closed doors, but for ending scoreless despite the opportunities of both teams. Deportivo and Sporting had ups and downs throughout the game and the normal thing would have been to see some goals. Sporting met the woodwork once and Depor left the meeting without shoots on target despite having five clear chances to net a goal (three for Sabin Merino, plus chances for Christian Santos and Bóveda).

2- Spark in attack, doubts in defence: The first game after the pause turned to be a perfect summary of the season at Deportivo. In the first half of the season the team was notorious for its defensive errors, and in this game a couple of distractions by Ba and Salva Ruiz almost cost goals, and only the post and a good save by Dani Giménez prevented it. Later, since the arrival of Fernando Vásquez, the team has shown more substance in offensive transitions, and that was witnessed in this game, though it was intermittent. Depor looked sharp and the start and end of both halves, with combinative and vertical attacks, and in the middle there was a big lagoon in which the players were too hurried and therefore they missed key passes.

3- The best players: Çolak and Gaku. The best news from the game is that Emre Çolak is back. This is his best game since his explosive debut against Racing Santander. Truly he was lost in large frames of the first half, but his talent only needs a few minutes to mark the difference. This time he had a great chance to score at the beginning of the first half, and later created two chances to score with two drilling passes that deserved a better outcome. Meanwhile, Gaku Shibasaki didn’t have a noticeable impact in attack, but was more constant throughout the match. He was the player that completed more passes (49) and a decent 89% of pass accuracy.

4- Bad day at the office for the strikers: Depor ended the game without goals and without shots on target and all of this for the bad day at the office of the strikers. Sabin Merino has been a very effective scorer since his arrival, this for only needing a few chances in order to score a goal. But in this game he had three and ended missing the target in all of them, later Fernando Vázquez replaced him with Christian Santos and the Venezuelan attacker wasted the chance to win the game heading the ball out after a perfect cross from the right (85’).

5- The five substitutions: Fernando Vázquez said after the game that he is enchanted with the possibility to make five changes, and that, if it was it for him, he would allow ten. It is because it allows to change the half of the team and switch the draw, and that’s precisely what he did. He saw that his team was suffering in defence and, early in the second half, he made three changes at the same time switching the draw from a 5-3-2 into a 4-4-2, later the entries of Christian Santos and Mujaid were made in order to refresh the positions.

6- The debut of Ba: Debut for Abdoulaye Ba and he was criticized by the fans and some part of the media. The true is that he wasn’t that bad, it’s only that, acting as a third centre-back, he constantly had to go out in order to cover the back of his partners and that’s risky as it exposes any defender, and later he was a little slow at the time of marking Murilo in the play that ended  with he ball hitting the post. But Ba showed some interesting things too, like a good physical condition and skills for the output of the ball.



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