In Spanish football's only game of the day, Baby Depor appeard to have learned very quickly what Villarreal seem to have forgotten.
Poor old Manuel Pellegrini is scratching his head and wondering where, exactly, its all gone horribly wrong for Villarreal. Last seasons Champions league semi finalists are not only looking for their first win of the season they are still looking for their first goal.
The Riazor has been a bit of a happy hunting ground for the ‘yellow submarine’ in recent seasons, having won on two of their last three trips there. However, yesterdays 2-0 defeat to Caparros’ ’Baby-Depor’ means that Villarreal find themselves in unfamiliar territory at the wrong end of the table and with everyone else due to play later today, things can only end up looking worse by this evening.
The alarming truth for Pellegrini is that people have very short memories in football and after having crashed out of the Champions League already this season, the Chilean coach needs a sharp turnaround in fortunes very quickly if he is to avoid becoming the focus of negative attention in the Spanish media.
Pellegrini said after the game “ We must pull ourselves out of this bad run and start to take our chances” .
The Villarreal coach conceded that one point from nine “Is very bad” but that “I have every confidence that we are going to get back to playing the kind of football we’re known for”
His counterpart, Joaquin Caparros, understands just how fickle the favour of fortune can be and refuses to get carried way by his teams temporary position at the top of the table; “ In football things turn from black to white in five minutes”
However, the coach, who has got his young and newly assembled side performing with a high level of cohesion, added “ We were superior to Villarreal, the players are hungry and committed. That superiority should give us confidence in our abilities throughout what is going to be a tough season ahead”; the Spanish equivalent of ’it’s a marathon not a sprint’.
Deportivo have every right to feel satisfied with their positive start to the season and their well deserved seven points total. Catalan full back Capdevila’s two goals last night were justification for the Depor manager to respond to what he feels is a lack of respect for his team selection and what he is trying to achieve with this young team;
“ Everybody should be happy for us, but we must keep our feet firmly on the ground and give it our all; the team always comes first. The fact is, this team, without a striker, has scored five goals already. Football is a collective effort and we’ve got to keep beavering away at it without making too much noise”
It is that collective spirit that Pellegrini needs to recover at Villarreal right now and he must be hoping that the Spanish press don’t start making ‘too much noise’ about his teams start to the season.