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Ups and downs
With the league so tight in the Spanish 2nd division any mid-table team that fails to win in a couple of matches will probably find themselves in the relegation zone though, incredibly, if the blanquiazules had won their last game they would have been just one point off the play-offs, but they ended up fourth from bottom.


CD Tenerife against the very Sporting Gijon
CD Tenerife against the very Sporting Gijon
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25.01.2014 - It has also been a busy period for the blanquiazules as, first, goalkeeper for eight years Sergio Aragoneses left the club: out of favour since October, having the highest paid player sitting in the stands was not an option for Tenerife.  Soon after, the departure of Oscar Rico, Sandro and, more surprisingly, Raul Llorente were announced, with the latter off to try his luck in the Greek league with AEL Kalloni.  Striker Luis Marti could well be the next and has had offers from Austria and the 2nd B league.  

In the Spanish 2nd division there is a wage limit in place, encouraging clubs to use their youth players rather than foreign signings, so Tenerife are in the market for a goalkeeper, left sided attacker and at least one striker.  

 

CD Tenerife 0 Sporting Gijon 0

Tenerife managed a credible draw against high flying Sporting Gijon in front of just under 11,000 fans in the Heliodoro Stadium.  Despite the lack of goals this was a very intense match.  The blanquiazules came flying out of the blocks and Ayoze Perez, twisting and turning in the box, forced a good save from the Sporting keeper early on, but the visitors held firm.  Sporting came back into the fray towards the end of the half; favourites for promotion, they were without doubt the best side to visit Santa Cruz this season. The league´s top scoring Serbian players Lekik and Stefan Scepovic were quite a handful but failed to make a big impact, being well marshalled by the excellent defensive partnership of Bruno and Sanz.  The yellow cards were flying by the last 20 minutes and on 80 minutes a bizarre free-kick melee ended up with Bruno being sent off.  The referee lost the plot; if anyone, it was Llorente who should have received the card. It was all hands to the pumps for 10-man Tenerife for the remainder of the game and Sporting enjoyed a great chance to take all three points in the last minute but Scepovic screwed the ball wide.  An encouraging performance from Tenerife, against a very good Sporting outfit.

 

CD Tenerife 0 Alcorcon 4

But, despite having key players missing, the midfield heart of Ricardo and Aitor Sanz, and ever present Bruno in central defence, there can be no excuses for this nondescript performance.  It’s worrying that for the Saturday night matches, when the crowds are lower and against opposition in the lower part of the league, the blanquiazules do not seem able to raise their game: puzzling to say the least.  Rigo replaced Bruno but it was obvious he was not fully fit, and Alcorcon seemed to have the most energy: taking a two-goal lead into the break.  

The first phase of the second half saw a ‘slight’ improvement with a small period of pressure on the Alcorcon goal.  Young Nano showed some good touches and Sanz hit the post with a diving header, but Alcorcon killed the game with two more goals to make the sorry 0-4.  The only positive to from the night was the debut of Nano.  

By Chris Todd

 



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