Deportivo manager Clarence Seedorf seems to be one of the few people left that believe Deportivo can avoid relegation.
Depor fans were left baffled as Seedorf said on Radio Marca that “the fans would be scoring an own goal if they didn’t believe we can stay up.”
Although it is true Deportivo played a good game against Atlético, who some believe won because of a very rigorous penalty, the situation is far from good, and could get worse should Deportivo fail to beat Málaga this Friday (19:45 BST, Abanca Riazor stadium).
Seedorf also maintained that a win is what they need to “get the motor running. We are full of energy and hope.” He believes until the math says otherwise there is still hope.
Málaga are currently bottom of La Liga, it’s a do-or-die game since a loss against the Andalusian side would see Deportivo take the last spot in the table. Knowing this, some fans are angry that Seedorf, considering the game is on Friday, has given the players two days off, and have returned to training this morning.
Deportivo, who in the early 2000’s stunned in La Liga and the Champions League have been on a steady decline since being relegated in 2011, they went on to win the league and secure promotion, only to be relegated the following season and then they came second in Segunda, get promoted once again to La Liga, where they have been narrowly escaping Segunda until now.
This will be Seedorf’s ninth game in charge of the Galicians, who haven’t won a game in three months. Since the former Holland international arrived in Coruña the team have scored just two goals – one of those being the rival’s own goal – and have conceded ten.
Fans are getting ready for the worst, although Seedorf and the players keep sending a message of hopefulness, this then isn’t backed up with actions on the pitch.
Deportivo are eight nine points away from safety, with eight games left in the season. Depor would have to win three games – they have only won four all season – against any of the following: Málaga (H), Athletic (A), Sevilla (H), Leganés (A), Barcelona (H), Celta (A), Villarreal (H) or Valencia (A).