CD Tenerife vs AD Alcorcón – post game thoughts

CDT vs ADA_04

The starting line up was fairly expected with Baltasar Rigo coming in for the suspended Bruno in central defense and Iñigo Ros and Kike Rivero pairing up in the middle of midfield. The rest of the defense was Moyano-Ruiz-Cámara white Suso on right of midfield and Cristo Martin on the left with Ayoze and Aridane upfront.

Early on neither team getting a firm grip on the game. Around the 10 minute mark the visitors with a great chance but Roberto equal to the task when their attacker was played through. A few minutes later at the other end Ayoze could have gone for goal himself but elected to pass to Aridane who couldn’t get hit shot away.

And then the visitors scored after what looked like a failed offside trap left them in numbers, Javito the scorer. Although CD Tenerife looked like getting a bit of a hold of the game the visitors soon after doubled their lead again through Javito when he was left unmarked after good play on the left, CD Tenerife really struggling with the quick counter attacks of the visitors.

CD Tenerife with some possession after this but struggling to create anything of note, the visitors happy to soak up the pressure.

The second half starting much in the same vein with CD Tenerife with most of possession but struggling to create goal scoring chances, hitting the post from a corner the closest we got. And then midway through the second half the visitors scored their third after a corner wasn’t dealt with. Both goalie Roberto and the defender should have done better allowing an easy headed goal. Minutes before the visitors had two men through but they made a mess of the chance. And it was almost 0-4 moments later when a free kick hit the outside of the post.

And to make matters worse the visitors scored a fourth after neat build up play. A really bad day at the office, this looked beforehand like a very winnable game but instead a devastating defeat which will hurt our goal difference as well as make our league position precarious. I suppose the only bright spot was the debut for youngster Nano but nothing much he could do in a game like this one.

Preview: CD Tenerife vs AD Alcorcón


Next up for CD Tenerife is a second consecutive home game, this time against lowly AD Alcorcón. On paper this is pretty much a must win game on Saturday 19:00 as they are only two points behind us in the table and currently occupying a relegation spot. And if we want to stay clear of relegation trouble and push for promotion these games just have to be won.

This is the first game of the second half of the season meaning we have already played the reverse fixture. It was in fact the first game of the season and we lost 1-0 at their place so a win would be vital in case we end up on same points come the end of season.

There will be some changes to the starting line up due to suspensions and players let go. Bruno in central defense is suspended, either Baltasar Rigo or Alberto will take his place with the rest of the back four probably the settled one of Javier Moyano on the right, Raúl Cámara on the left and Carlos Ruiz in the middle. The middle of midfield will also be a new look one with both Aitor Sanz and Ricardo León suspended. A bit hard to predict who will come in there but I think Suso will continue on the right and Cristo Martin on the left. Ayoze and Aridane should continue upfront.

The visitors are the lowest scoring team in the league so they will probably sit back and play for the draw and possibly look to hit us on the counter. But with no recognized threat upfront as long as we don’t get sloppy they will struggle to score I feel, and really as long as we are switched on a win should be on the cards.

CD Tenerife vs Real Sporting – post game thoughts

CDT vs SPG_00

The CD Tenerife starting line up was pretty much as expected, only Raul Llorente starting as left back a bit of a surprise. The rest of the back line was the usual Moyano-Bruno-Ruiz. The midfield consisted of Cristo Martin on the left, Suso on the right with Aitor Sanz and Ricardo León in the middle. Aridane and Ayoze started upfront.

The first real chance of the game fell to Aridane around the 10 minute mark, but he could only pick out the goalkeeper from close range after a decent ball in by Cristo Martin.

Otherwise a fairly open and entertaining first half with action at both ends of the pitch with both teams clearly wanting to win. Ricardo León had to save on the goal line after a free kick curled in was goal bound. Around the 30 minute mark Ayoze with a decent chance curling his effort just wide though. From the following attack Sporting nearly scored after a bad mistake by Raul Llorente but Jara thankfully missed with an open goal at his mercy only hitting the outside of the post.

Ayoze then with a great chance to score but he missed the back post when he should have hit the target at least. 10 minutes later Ayoze again twisting and turning inside the box but the goalkeeper saved smartly. Scoreless at half time with both teams looking dangerous.

The second half continued much in the same vein as the first with both teams trying to win it. Roberto had to make a great save around the hour mark to keep it scoreless. Some chances at both ends after this but it was starting to look goalless until Bruno got sent off for a second yellow card around the 80 minute mark. Thankfully CD Tenerife managed to hold on for a decent point although their main man Šćepović really should have scored minutes before the end.

Preview: CD Tenerife vs Real Sporting


Next up for CD Tenerife is a home game against the second team in the league Real Sporting on Sunday at 17:00. This will be a real test of where we lie strength wise in the league as Real Sporting is a quality team. But after getting back to winning ways last weekend our confidence should be high as well.

This is also a great chance to climb the table, ideally we will be looking to win games like these at home in order to challenge for a possible promotion push. Real Sporting lost at home last weekend but was before that loss unbeaten in their last 8 games so they are in good form and will be hard to beat.

Nothing surprising in the team news. Youngster Nano is called up for the second week in a row, hopefully he will get his debut at some stage of the game. It would be interesting to finally see him play.

I think the starting eleven will be Roberto in goal, the back four will likely be the settled one of Javier Moyano on the right, Raúl Cámara on the left with Bruno and Carlos Ruiz in the middle. The middle of midfield should consist of two out of Aitor Sanz, Iñigo Ros, Ricardo León. Cristo Martin usually starts at home on the left flank with Suso on the right. And upfront Aridane and Ayoze should continue.

The visitors have a formidable partnership upfront with Dejan Lekic and Stefan Šćepović, both from Serbia. They have scored a total of 22 goals so far this season so our defense will definitely have their hands full with this duo. But if we can keep them at bay I definitely think we can win this game even though a draw wouldn’t be a disaster against quality opposition like this.

Real Murcia CF vs CD Tenerife – post game thoughts

Murcia vs CDT_12

The starting line up was fairly expected with a couple of surprises thrown in for good meassure. The back line was the normal Moyano-Bruno-Ruiz-Cámara with Ros and Sanz in the middle of midfield. The surprises were Chechu Flores and Luismi Loro on the flanks with Ayoze and Aridane starting in attack as expected.

After the early exchanges CD Tenerife scored an early goal by Aridane after great work by Ayoze controlling a long ball and twisting and turning the defense before laying it on a platter for Aridane to tap in.

There was a couple of scary moments after this with the home team on the attack straight away getting in some promising positions but nothing more than a few corners to show for it though.

Then in the 27th minute when it seemed we had just about weathered the storm the home team equalized through their main man Kike Garcia after turning Bruno way too easily inside the box.

Then just before half time Ayoze again twisting and turning inside the box leading to the defender fouling him for a penalty which Luismi Loro coolly converted. Maybe a bit soft the penalty but I’ll take it as we hadn’t created much before this.

The home team started the second half brightly with a couple of decent chances but thankfully we managed to keep them out. The rest of the half basically followed the same pattern, the home team on constant attack chasing the equalizer and us defending in numbers holding on for a valuable and famous win. 1-2 the final score and a fantastic win and hugely vital 3 points to boot. Great way to start the year, hopefully the last 2 games were just a blip on the radar and we are firmly back on track now with this win.

Preview: Real Murcia CF vs CD Tenerife

Murcia vs CDT

(Apologies for the late post, I haven’t been able to access the server all day)

I would like to start by wishing all readers and CD Tenerife fans a Happy and prosperous New Year! Hopefully the club will have a great second part to the season as well, and at minimum stay in this Segunda Division and just possibly challenge for a play offs spot.

It’s funny in a strange kind of way what a couple of weeks can do to your outlook on things. Two games ago when we were on this great unbeaten run I was starting to look at and dream of promotion. And now on the back of two devastating losses relegation concerns are looming large once again.

I really feel it is vital to get something from this game played on Saturday 17:00, we simply need to get back among the points today. I will take a draw here as Real Murcia CF have been hard to beat as of late especially at home, and our confidence will have taken a beating from the recent results.

In terms of team news the squad is a very expected one. There is debut on the cards for youngster Nano although he will surely start on the bench. Roberto will continue in goal, the back four will likely be Javier Moyano on the right, Raúl Cámara on the left with Bruno and Carlos Ruiz in the middle.  The midfield is trickier to predict as the manager Álvaro Cervera likes to change things a bit for the away games. But I suspect Suso will continue on the right, Kike Rivero might start on the left with two out of Aitor Sanz, Iñigo Ros, Ricardo León will occupy the middle. I think Ayoze and Aridane will continue in attack.

The home team’s top scorer is Kike with 10 goals so far this season. We need to keep an eye out for him as he is the main threat upfront. Real Murcia CF also have in their attacking ranks on-loan Arsenal Brazilian player Wellington. It will be interesting to watch him if he plays as Arsene Wenger once saw something special in him.


CD Tenerife vs CE Sabadell FC – post game thoughts

CDT vs Sab_03

The starting line up was pretty much as expected except that Ayoze wasn’t in the team for this one at all. Not sure why, if it was due to injury I hope it is nothing serious as without him we look a bit toothless. The back four was Raúl Cámara, Carlos Ruiz, Bruno and Javier Moyano. The midfield consisted of Ricardo León and Aitor Sanz in the middle, Suso on the right, Cristo Martin on the left with Óscar Rico in the middle supporting Aridane alone upfront.

After the early exchanges the visitors scored early from a corner kick, Martí Crespí was left completely unmarked at the back post and scored past Roberto. Shocking start to the game and not at all what we were hoping for.

CD Tenerife with most of the possession after this but struggling to create goal scoring opportunities. Aridane with a headed effort saved comfortably by the keeper around the 34 minute mark the closest we got in the first half.

A big second half was needed but didn’t materialize. After some early possession disaster struck when the visitors got a penalty with Javier Moyano judged to have fouled their attacker. Didn’t seem to be any contact at all with the attacker basically taking a dive. Hidalgo converted and left CD Tenerife with a mountain to climb.

Tenerife on the attack after this, Borja Perez should have done better when he headed from a promising position but failed to find the goal. And then the game was basically over when the visitors got another soft penalty and scored. In fairness even before this we didn’t look like scoring. Looked like the players weren’t ready for the game, expecting it to be a stroll in the park against a side that hadn’t won away from home for 10 months. Really really unfortunate loss, second in a row and the great run we had no firmly in the rear view mirror.

This was the last game of the year, no games for two weeks now so a lot of time to reflect on this one. Hopefully we will see some new faces in the January transfer window and more importantly hopefully we can keep a hold of Ayoze Pérez and have him with us for at least the rest of the season.

Preview: CD Tenerife vs CE Sabadell FC

CDT vs Sabadell

Next up for CD Tenerife is the home game against CE Sabadell FC from Sabadell late on Saturday evening. After the disappointing loss in the last game away to Córdoba CF we will be looking to bounce right back here by taking all three points on offer. CE Sabadell FC currently lie in the relegation zone but are at the same time only two points behind us. The league is really that close at the moment.

CE Sabadell FC won their last game which was against quality opposition in the form of Real Zaragoza. They are however fairly poor travelers, they have lost their last five away games and in fact haven’t won away at all this season. On paper this looks like a clear home win, the bookies have us as clear favorites as well, and as long as we turn up for the game I think we will win comfortably.

There will probably be a few line up changes from the last game. Raúl Cámara should come back as left back after his suspension with the other three defenders being Bruno ans Carlos Ruiz in the middle, and Javier Moyano on the right. The two central midfielders should come from the group of Iñigo Ros, Ricardo León, Aday Benitez and Aitor Sanz. I think it will be the first two of those. I suspect Suso Santana will continue on the right side of midfield with Cristo Martin coming in on the left side. And upfront the pairing of Ayoze and Aridane should continue.

The visitors have a very interesting player in their ranks. It is former Espanyol great Raúl Tamudo who on his day was quite the player with an eye for goal. If he plays we will certainly have to keep tabs on him as he probably still knows how to find the back of the net if given the opportunity. The game will also mark the return of former CD Tenerife player Antonio Hidalgo. He currently captains the side so he is an important player for them.

Córdoba CF vs CD Tenerife – post game thoughts

Cordoba vs CDT_10

The line up for this game was fairly expected with Roberto continuing in goal, Salva Ruiz coming in as left back with rest of the defense the usual Bruno and Carlos Ruiz in the middle and Javi Moyano on the right. Aitor Sanz, Iñigo Ros and Kike Rivero in the middle of midfield with Suso on the right. Ayoze and Aridane continued upfront.

My stream kept breaking up so missed portions of the first half but from what I saw it was a scrappy affair with neither side getting a firm grip on the game possibly due to the pitch, which looks a bit frozen at places. The home team with a couple of long range efforts and one or two half hearted penalty shouts. CDT not really creating much either, Suso on the right watched often closely by two players so not the usual service from him. 0-0 was the half time score, the home team with maybe a bit more possession but no clear cut chances.

The second half started much the same but then suddenly in the 60th minute Tenerife with a great chance to score but Ayoze couldn’t beat the keeper from a good position after being played in by Aridane.

Then some five minutes later the home team went ahead after substitute Abel connected with a low cross in and had Roberto in goal beaten. The goal came a bit out of the blue as Tenerife had a decent spell just before and was starting to get a hold of the game. The home team clearly with their tail up after this nearly doubling the lead soon after.

The manager Alvaro Cervera reacted a bit surprisingly by exchanging Suso, who was starting to look lively, with Chechu. I would have expected a more attack minded change with Suso continuing and one of the central midfielders coming off. Tenerife on the attack after this chasing the equalizer but struggling to create any decent scoring chances. The home team in fact with the better chances on the counter, Roberto had to make a great save to keep the deficit at one.

In the end 1-0 to the home team, a bit unfair on Tenerife, a draw would have been more reflective of the game as a whole. Disappointing result after the recent great run, but it had to end some time of course. I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed though, this looked like a great chance to move up the ladder.

Preview: Córdoba CF vs CD Tenerife

Cordoba vs CDT_2

So next up for high flying CD Tenerife is a potentially tricky away game on Sunday 5pm against a decent Córdoba CF side. We are on a roll right now, 8 games undefeated and a very tasty derby win to boot. Confidence should be soaring high as a result of the recent run and corresponding results.

Córdoba CF on the other hand are on a three game losing streak but have only lost once at home this season so they will be looking for a positive result as well. In fact in their last game, against Real Zaragoza, they were unlucky to lose as Real Zaragoza scored the 2-1 winner right at the end of the game.

We are level on points in the standings with Córdoba CF, we have in fact the exact same goal difference as well. The home team is only ahead thanks to two more goals scored compared to us. A win for either side will send that team ever closer to the promotion places as the league is remarkably even.

There doesn’t seem to be any major absentees from the squad that travelled to the game. The full back Raúl Camara is suspended, and Luismi Loro didn’t travel, possibly due to some injury concern.

It will be interesting to see what team our manager Alvaro Cervera picks for this game. He has opted for a slightly more defensive line up for the away games so I wouldn’t be too surprised to see some changes from the team that won against UD Las Palmas. Raúl Llorente will probably take Raúl Camara’s place on the left. The rest of the defense will probably be Javier Moyano on the right with Bruno and Carlos Ruiz in the heart of the defense. The midfield is harder to predict. It may well be that Suso Santana and Cristo Martin will have to start on the bench with Chechu Flores and Kike Rivero replacing them on the flanks. The two central midfielders should come from the group of Iñigo Ros, Ricardo León and Aitor Sanz. In the attack I think the manager will continue with Aridane and Ayoze Pérez, anything else would be surprising really.

Ayoze Pérez, our top goal scorer with 7 goals so far, has been selected to play a charity game called “Champions for Life”  in the Santiago Bernabeu, home of Real Madrid, on Monday 30th of December. It will be interesting to see if that selection will spur him on even further, or if all the attention is a bit too much for the young striker with speculation regarding his future intensifying the closer we get to the opening of the January transfer window.

As for the game itself a draw would normally be quite alright playing away from home, but given our recent great form I’m cautiously optimistic we might just sneak the win here. But I will settle for the draw as even a point could move us up in the table in this very tight division.