New coach, same result!

Malaga CF 2 CD Tenerife 0
TENERIFE played their first game under new manager Rubén Baraja, and lost against a mediocre Malaga with their worst performance of the season.
Their situation is getting worse, and they now find themselves in the relegation places. Much will need to improve for them to survive this time around.
Rubén Baraja changed little for his first starting XI. He reinstated Alberto, opted for the continuity of Javi Alonso, and tried to give prominence to Filip Malbasic.
As for the rest, he wanted them to play with a desire to please their new coach against the possible nervousness of a Malaga side, in as much trouble as Tenerife.
Malaga took the initiative from the start, but, it must be said, without much conviction. They had plenty of possession against a lack-lustre Tenerife, and half-hearted attempts from Pacheco, Adrián and Cifuentes, made it easy for keeper Ortolá.
Tenerife showed nothing to start with, and didn’t even have any action in Malaga’s box, let alone a single shot. They tried to play down the right with Suso, who was by no means at his best. And Luis Pérez, who was trying to make things happen, saw no reward for his physical efforts.
Malaga kept pushing forward, trying to find a breakthrough, but at this stage it was easy for Tenerife, defensively, to keep it at 0-0, until a corner in the 27th minute.
As the ball was put over by Antoñin, it should have been easy for CDT’s back four to deal with. But the mistakes, which have dogged them all season, returned. They failed to deal with the situation effectively, and the loose ball fell to Malaga striker Sadiku, who struck a left-foot shot high into the roof of the net from six yards to put the visitors ahead.
Until this point, Malaga had dominated with overwhelming possession (61% to 39%), and with four shots on goal, against none from Tenerife.
But the home side persisted and had their first direct shot after 43 minutes through Malbasic, who forced a good save from Munir.
The second half started very much the same as the first, with Sadiku almost doubling Malaga’s lead. He struck a good shot from 20 yards out, but Ortolá was up to the challenge and pushed the ball wide.
When Tenerife did have the ball, their players didn’t appear to know what to do with it, and they failed to threaten Munir, who had his most placid match of the season!
To top off a dismal match, the referee stopped play in the 73rd minute, because VAR had spotted a handball by Alonso.
The ref had missed it during the previous penalty-area play, and awarded a spot-kick to a bemused Malaga.
Tenerife players protested, but to no avail, and Sadiku sent Ortolá the wrong way to make it 2-0 after 76 minutes.
And that was that! The game just petered out, finishing with a disgruntled blanquiazul faithful making their way out, disappointed by the performance, plus the lack of tactics and passion from their team.
This result leaves CDT in 19th place, and tomorrow night (Saturday) they have a home game against Alcorón, when they must surely improve.
Welcome to reality, Sr Baraja!

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