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CD Tenerife
Bittersweet end
The end of the season could not have come soon enough for CD Tenerife as they recorded their worst ever run in the second division; seven straight losses!

Another disappointing 1-0 defeat against Murcia
Another disappointing 1-0 defeat against Murcia
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22.06.2014 - Their final league position of 11th was in fact respectable for their first season back in the second tier but it could have been so much better.  Coming towards the end of April the blanquiazules lay comfortably in the play-off zone and even peaked at third in the league on mid-April following a thrilling 3-2 win against Numancia.  But from that match on their form dropped alarmingly, an incredible run of six 1-0 defeats was followed by the 3-0 loss at Sporting.

The reasons for the downturn are difficult to fathom, bad refereeing decisions did cost the team at the beginning of the bad run but the goal drought of star man Ayoze Perez played a major part.  This is the ‘local boy done good’ striker who burst through the ranks at CD Tenerife to become one of the hottest properties in Spanish football.  His €2 million move to Newcastle Utd was made official this month but the way he left the blanquiazules has triggered mixed reactions from fans.  Yes, he was the "saviour of the season" with his 16 goals and classy assists and it was exciting to see him progress so quickly, but his dramatic loss of form coincided with the transfer talks and his failure to play in the last two games for Tenerife caused a few raised eyebrows.  The excuse used by the club was that Ayoze had a stomach strain, but it did not stop him from flying to Newcastle to pass a medical!  

In no way are people blaming the lad himself.  In some ways it is understandable, the team only had a very slim chance of making the play-offs anyway and the €2 million will go towards building a more competitive team for next season.  The powers that be did not want to risk an injury hampering negotiations.  As a fan however you would have wished for Ayoze to give it his all until the final ball is kicked and go out on a high.  In the end he did not even salute the fans at the final home game as he sat in the VIP box next to El Presidente.  So what should have been a fine achievement by securing a mid-table finish has been soured by the way it all ended.  

Thoughts now turn to the future; the blanquiazules have another fine prospect coming through in striker Nano, so we will see.  With the main teams season finished, the CD Tenerife B team are grabbing all the attention.  The youngsters have done very well so far in reaching the final of the play-offs for promotion to the Spanish 2nd B.  So, good luck to ex-pat midfielder Jordan McCourt at the 1st leg of the final on June 15 at Midday at the CDT training ground at Geneto, La Laguna, against UD Somozas from Galicia.

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Another disappointing 1-0 defeat against Murcia 
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