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CD Tenerife
Ups and downs
It has been an interesting season in the Spanish 2nd division.

22.03.2014 - The league has been so tight that back to back victories can catapult any team quickly up the table.  CD Tenerife have steadily improved since the New Year and now find themselves on the fringe of the play-off zone.

First of all however they need to guarantee their survival, but with only nine more points needed from the remaining 12 matches that shouldn’t be a problem.  So, are the blanquiazules good enough to snatch a play-off spot?

On their day with a full team out they have shown that they can outplay and beat the best in this league.  The problem has been the lack of strength in depth in the squad: when we miss a few of the key men we are an average outfit.  But we have to remember that the only goal this year in the return to professional football has been to consolidate and to bring through the local youth players.  Is it too soon to be promoted to La Liga?  Possibly yes, but who wouldn’t turn down a promotion.  The €15 million TV money would clear Tenerife´s debts overnight.  It is going to be an interesting last couple of months - with a certain derby to play against high flying Las Palmas in May!



CD Tenerife 1 Recreativo 0

The Carnival atmosphere was slightly subdued due to some ill-timed rain but the 10.781 supporters that did turn up enjoyed one of Tenerife´s best all-round performances so far this season.  Suso was once again causing havoc on the wing and his sweet ‘one-two’ with Aridane ended up with Suso smashing the ball past the helpless Recreativo keeper on 14 minutes.  As the beat of the samba drums were pumped up the blanquiazules laid siege to the visitor’s goal. A post was hit, the bar shuddered from an Ayoze strike and other chances went begging.  CD Tenerife really should have been home and dry.  Recreativo however sniffed their chance to get back into the match and showed why they stood in third position in the league: in fact a win could have taken them top.  During the second half, and with the score remaining at 1-0, the fireworks really started.  The game was end to end and nerves got the better of the Tenerife reserve keeper on the bench and he was sent off as the referee started his own circus show.  Minutes later on-field player Aitor Sanz received his second yellow card and he too was sent off.  For the last part of the game the blanquiazules played their hearts out, and proudly, as for the first time since 1988 the club fielded 11 Canarians on the day.  The local pride shone through as Tenerife held on to record a great victory.



Mallorca 2 CD Tenerife 0

This was always going to be a difficult test for the blanquiazules against a Mallorca side desperate for points and with a new manager in the office.  To make matters worse a flu-bug had been sweeping through Tenerife´s dressing room and this resulted in top scorer Ayoze Perez and Ricardo being ruled out.  This on top of inspirational midfield Aitor being still suspended, injured Luismi Loro, and Suso who was rested.  The spine of the team was missing. Nano the 18 year old striker made his first start alone up front, the boy from Santa Cruz is a great prospect but this was never going to be easy for him.  Real Mallorca took the lead on 25 minutes, through Marco Asencio, and it was all the home side deserved.  Everything was conspiring against Tenerife and soon after they lost another player, Camera, with a thigh strain.  In the second half Thomas sealed the win for the Balearic side with a tremendous strike.

Game over, there was no way back for the depleted blanquiazul team.  Not the end of the world, the team should be back to full strength for the visit of Ponferradina on March 23 at 5pm in the Heliodoro Stadium.

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