Deportivo finish preseason with Teide Trophy victory

Deportivo finish preseason with Teide Trophy victory

August 13, 2017 Off By Gerry Johnston

Deportivo La Coruna went to Tenerife on Saturday evening and won their second Teide Trophy, 46 years after they became the tournaments inaugural winners.

Depor beat Tenerife 3-0 at Los Cuartas to pick up the trophy and finish their preseason campaign with a confidence boosting win. Depor were much the better side on the night and goals from Florin Andone, Fede Cartabia and a Celso Borges penalty proved to be the difference on the night.

In truth the score line could have been wider with Zakaria Bakkali, who was a constant threat throughout, particularly wasteful in front of goal.

Pepe Mel will be delighted with what he saw against an opponent who reached the Segunda Playoff Final last season and the manager was able to make various changes to ensure all 20 of the players who travelled saw time on the pitch.

With only 20 men travelling Borges and Cartabia both had to play the full 90 minutes but everyone else played no more than an hour.

Attention will now turn to the week ahead as Deportivo prepare to host La Liga champions, Real Madrid, in the season opener next Sunday night. Mel has arranged for seven training sessions between now and kick off with five taking place in Abegondo and the last two at Riazor the day before and the morning of the match.

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Meanwhile Real Madrid will play Barcelona twice in the Spanish Super Cup so Deportivo will be hoping they can catch the defending champions on a bad day after two tough games against their biggest rival.