Squad news


20 Feb 2008
After the defeat in Huelva, Lotina is ready to make new changes in the strategy. The Basque coach will maintain the system with five defenders, but he 's ready to make modifications in the attacking zone, more precisely the entrances in the squad of Wilhelmsson, Xisco and even Valer??n. Meanwhile, Lotina is seriously thinking in giving a new chance to Mun??a.

Despite the last defeat in liga, coach Miguel ?ngel Lotina is content with his new system conformed by five defenders. The Basque trainer is convinced the adverse result with Recre was a product of individual errors, as he said on Wednesday  in a interview with Depor Sport "The history of Depor won't save us, it must a job done by us. Right now the squad is fine playing with three central defenders. What happens is that when a player fails, a keeper, an striker or whatever he is, I feel responsible for that error. That's why I talked with Coloccini, he's one of the leaders in the changing room and I don't want to see the squad falling down. You constantly need to pull the ear of this team."

Therefore the Me?±aka-born trainer is convinced the system with five defenders is the correct strategy to face the competition, and that's why he won't change it now. The only novelty in defence seems to be reserved for the goalkeeeping position. Lotina is seriously thinking in allowing the return of Gustavo Mun??a after his fight with Aouate. It isn't know yet if Fabricio would return to Fabril or if the Canarian will stay in the first squad as the second choice.

The main modifications are occurring in the offensive sector, as Lotina said: "In the game with Recreativo, when we already had a clean sheet, there were some things... We didn't attack searching for the second goal. When the rival is playing with inferiority, you need to attack, and we didn't do that." And its that Lotina is planning to transform the 5-2-2-1 used against Valladolid into a 5-3-1-1 figure.

In Wednesday morning's training session, the two main changes in the squad were be Christian Wilhelmsson and Xisco. The Mallorcan striker replaced Bodipo who ended scoreless in the last games against Getafe and Recreativo, while The role of Wilhelmsson was more uncertain, although his presence in the match against Espanyol should be considered as a fact. As Lotina said to Depor Sport "Willy is prepared to start on Sunday's game".

The Swedish entered to the squad in the place of Juan Rodr?­guez. This option meant that De Guzm??n, Sergio and Verd?? played as the trio in midfield -Sergio replaced Antonio Tom??s who didn't train for a small muscular problem- De Guzm??n played towards the right and Verd?? to the left. The other option tested was Wilhelmsson replacing Verd??, therefore Juan Rodr?­guez returned and performed as the playmaker on the formation, while 'Chippen' played on the left wing. The ex-Bolton is right-footed, but he can also perform on the left.

And more choices appeared in the afternoon during the session that took place behind closed doors at the Riazor. Juan Carlos Valer??n was the big novelty after he took the place of Juan Rodr?­guez as the playmaker in the formation, his appearance on Sunday's game depends of the player's evolution during the week, a thing that Lotina already appointed "In today's training -Wednesday- I saw his look during the game. And I saw other things. It wasn't the same look of past days. If he continues in this rhythm, I can't discard his presence in the starting squad, but we must go little by little." Other novelty was to see Angel Lafita performing on the left wing, while Wilhelmsson repeated his role on the right.

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