Agenda for the week 28th November - 4th December 2011

Agenda for the week 28th November - 4th December  2011
Day off
Tuesday--Day off
Wednesday10.30El MundialitoTraining
Wednesday17.00El MundialitoTraining
Friday10.30El MundialitoTraining
Friday-El MundialitoPress conference with Antonio Calderón
Sunday12.00HeliodoroCD Tenerife-Atlético de Madrid B


Tenerife draw away again and Lugo's coach has sour grapes

Slowly and surely went the Turtle and the Hare ran too fast. Lets see if this is hopw the race to the end of two B works out for Tenerife. A draw away in Lugo was a good result marred only by Castilla's win against Athletico B.
The team started well yesterday and the promise which seems to hold was showing. Kitoko was in central defense which is not his natural position but he worked hard and was well paired with Ayoze. The team fought hard and looked competitive, showing that they are on the right path. Perona nearly scored after a play by Chechu and Zazo. Then Lugo scored and they seemed to grow and had several good chances but the blue and white players fought back finalising just before half time in a play by Victor Bravo with a pass to Perona which he put into the goal.
In the second half Lugo came out strong and controlled the ball but CD Tenerife aslo had chances including one from Kiko Raton after he came on the field. The island team were on a level with the team which up to last round had been leaders.
The game could have been a play off match and showed that CD Tenerife is on the right track.

Game notes

CD LUGO               1 (1)

CD TENERIFE        1 (1)

Diego Rivas; Aitor, Rubén García (Iván, 80’), Garrido, Manu; Luismi, Pita, Claudio Monti, Belfortti; Ismael (Berodia, 80’) & Belencoso.

Sergio Aragoneses; Cristóbal, Jonay, Medina, Ayoze; Zazo (Tarantino, 58’), Marcos Rodríguez, Chechu (Kiko Ratón, 70’), Víctor Bravo (Nico, 84’); Ferrán Tacón & Perona.

Germán Cid Camacho, from Castilla Leon. A Yellow card for local players Berodia & Garrido; and for visitors Ayoze, Perona, Bravo, Marcos Rodríguez & Tacón.

1-0: (23’) Belencoso, with a header. 1-1: (40’) Perona,with a pass by Victor Bravo.

Played in the Anxo Carro stadium. The ground was in average condition, on a cold damp morning with 2,500 spectators of which approx 150 were from CD Tenerife.

 Calderon commented that he was pleased with the way the game had been played. The Lugo coach in a fit of sour grapes could only comment that one team went out to play and the other to stop the game. Perhaps no one had told him all is fair in love and war and certainly for the blue and white team this and every game is a battle to go back to professional football.

The next match is at home against Atl Madrid B on Sunday at 12.00


It's not great to be whistled at.

It is not unusual for me to blog two days in a row but I was interested in comments made by the players in the newspaper El Dia and wanted to translate them. 
In interviews after the game all three players interviewed commented that it was not great to be whistled at especially at home. 
The comments included:

Chechu - "We are pleased about the win, which is the most important thing but it isn't everything. When we reached the 2-0 unconsciously we moved back to hold the result and this is something we need to correct". He continued, " We need more control over the ball and if we manage this we will be able to make the most of our results and enjoy the games". He then commented that they need to keep working so they can, "play the whole 90 minutes as we did the first 45". When he was asked about the whistling in the stadium he answered; "The whistling makes me cross but that is how the fans show their unhappiness". He followed up by saying, "What we all want is to play well, and we go out to try to do this every week. The club has a lot of fans and the pressure is high but that pressure is also our advantage".  

Ferran Tacon - The author of the first goal talked about how the team needed to be more "stable". He then commented on how in the game against Rayo B they " always put  the same amount of effort but perhaps that was the only game where we played the same throughout". He then stated that, "It may well be nerves, we want to maintain the score. We played well in the first half and it was good to go ahead early and follow up with the second goal". 

David Medina - The central defender saw the difference in the first and second halves as "two games -  In the first half we were good, we managed to reach the goal area and score two goals, then there was the second half where we lost the ball and suffered". He finished, "We know what we are doing right and what is not so good and we hope to improve. There is still lots of league to play and with 28 points now we have room to manoeuvre".  


A tale of two halves

If there was ever a game of two halves it was yesterdays game. The first half  was great the team were together, played well and moved forward with two outstanding goals. The second especially by Perona was cool headed, he thought carefully before shooting and knocked the ball in goal.
The second half was different, the players came out and were either defending, relaxed or nervous depending on the point of view. Celta B then scored and this made everything worse.

The players are happy with the points that the club has now and 28 points after 14 games is in line for a play off position.

Game Notes

CD TENERIFE                 2 (2)


Sergio Aragoneses; Cristóbal, Jonay, Medina, Ayoze; Zazo, Marcos Rodríguez, Chechu (Nico, 78’), Víctor Bravo (Kitoko, 64’); Ferrán Tacón (Germán, 90’) & Perona.

Matías, Víctor Díaz, Churre, Maceiras (Pillado, 72’), Catú ; Capó (Juanma Torres, 84’), Marcos Torres, Levy, Jota, Jordan & Camochu (Albert, 46’).

Alberto Salazar, from Valencia. Red card for visitor Jordan (89’), after he received his second yellow card. Yellow cards for local players Víctor Bravo & David Medina.

1-0: (11’) Ferrán Tacón, in a one on one with the keeper. 2-0: (43’) Perona, from a pass by Ferrán Tacón. 2-1: (60’) Albert.

Played in the Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez stadium with the grounds in good condition on a sunny morning with  8.198 spectators. One minutes silence was held for Fernando Cova and Francisco Romero Cabrera "Romerito".

Agenda for the week 20 - 27 November 2011

Agenda for the week 20 - 27 November 2011
El Mundialito
Tuesday--Rest day
Wednesday10.30El MundialitoTraining
Friday10.30El MundialitoTraining
Friday-El MundialitoPress conference Antonio Calderón
Friday-El MundialitoList of players
Saturday08.00-Tenerife Sur-Santiago de Compostela (UX)
Saturday--Transfer from Santiago - Lugo
Saturday--Stay in Hotel Santiago
Sunday11.00Angel CarroCD Lugo-CD Tenerife
Sunday--Trasfer from Lugo-A Coruña
Sunday17.40-A Coruña-Madrid
Sunday19.50-Madrid-Tenerife Norte


Four points out of six

There has been talk in the last few weeks about how badly the team is playing. There is no doubt they do not have the elegance of teams like Aresnal or FC Barcelona but four points out of six evey 14 days is not to be dismissed. There is no doubt that the fans, the players and the club would prefer that the team won every game but this is not so easy. CD Tenerife has always struggled away. There was talk on the tenerife forum form Finn Cris that "The problem for me is that the middle guy in the upper midfield trio is almost wasted the way we play". And then about home games "the 'home fortress' aspect is even more significant this season as I image almost all other teams & players rarely get to play in front of close to 10.000 fans & play in a real stadium so they may well feel a bit intimidated out there giving CDT an even bigger advantage at home than normal". Both of these are valid points of view add to which I would say the travel is difficult especially this year where there is little gap between travel and playing. This works both ways and may well account partly for why we have done well at home.  I was calculating thare are 19 rounds at home and away. If we manage 4 points per fortnight this is 76 points a result which is not to be sneered at. 
Pedro Cordero has stated since the pre-season that he is looking for another forward and an attacking midfielder. Both of these if he finds tham should help the team especially towards the end of the season. It would be great to finish first but we need to bear in mind Lugo were first last season and didn't make the play offs. The group we are in seems to be the strongest which is not only an advantage now as we need to play well to reach the points we need but also we can't be matched against the teams in our group in the play off. 
Group 2 table

2Real Unión13724211423
3Bilbao Ath.12723191223
5Osasuna B13643201622

Group 3 table

1At. Baleares13931221030

Group 4 table

2Betis B13922271629
3B. Linense13913251528

Josmar has asked for a transfer, whether on loan or to change clubs he seems not to mind. I hope the player gets the chance to grow either here in Tenerife or perhaps a change of club on loan would be good experience.  And one of the other B team players hasn't been to training for a week as he claims he is depressed. I feel sorry for the B coach as it seems to have been an odd week.