Positives for Tenerife in a well-fought draw


CD Tenerife 0 Albacete 0

TENERIFE competed but did not win… that’s the best way of summarising a good draw against an Albacete side who were solid at the back, didn’t give the ball away, and created chances when in possession.

Coach Oltra said before the match that CDT had a great attitude and could play good football, but needed to compete more. And this didn’t fall on deaf ears as his players had more possession, more shots and more corners, yet couldn’t break down the top-five team.

Oltra gave a new look to Tenerife by going with a 4-4-2 formation, which left Carlos Ruiz on the bench, Nano and Malbasic in attack and Acosta out on the left when defending to cover Albacete’s Tejero and Susaeta. With these line-ups, the game was always balanced, but lacked rhythm.

Milla and Malbasic were first to have chances, but Dani was the most in-demand goalkeeper. Eugerni’s shot from 18 yards, in front of the goal after 10 minutes, was tipped around his right post by Dani, and he was then tested by Olivera nine minutes later.

The visitors had the best of the action in the middle, and, after a precise pass through by Susaeta, Ortuño’s header missed by inches. For the rest of the half, Jon Erice and Febas controlled the game for Albacete, who never seemed in danger, apart from a last chance, right before the break, which Milla put just over the bar.

Oltra made a couple of changes in the second half, introducing a more attacking line-up with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Tyrone up front and Malbasic behind him, making a trio with Joao and Naranjo.

It seemed to work because Tenerife applied great pressure, with 15 minutes of remarkable football, with wide balls from the wings creating several chances. Malbasic had three, but neither he, Alberto nor Jorge could hit the target.

Albacete hit back with an excellent move, and Zozulia had a point-blank header saved superbly by Dani, and Gentiletti was unable to round it off.

From this point, the match remained equal until the final minute, when the visitors hit again. And this time, the post saved Tenerife after a brilliant effort from Rey Manaj.

All in all, it was an exciting, well-fought 0-0, which neither team deserved to lose. Again there were more positives from Oltra and his men in the tactics and attitude with which they approached the match.

They will surely be confident this weekend, away to Rayo Majadohonda, who are just a couple of places and a couple of points above them.


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