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THINKING OF ESPANYOL

20 Dec 2005
Caparr??s will have to face the match against Espanyol without Taborda, V?­ctor and Iv??n Carril, but his main worry is the distraction that his players could have after the 3-0 win in Bala?­dos. Meanwhile the Catalans arrives to Riazor without Kameni and with the relegation zone around the corner.

Iv??n Carril suffered a injury during yesterday's training, the youngster was feeling a strong pain in his left foot (thigh injury) and the doctors will make a complete analysis today, but his presence in tomorrow's game against Espanyol is totally discarded. In this form Carril is joining the list of casualties in Caparr??s' squad: Taborda (muscular problem) and V?­ctor (thigh injury).

One more time the main doubt for the Sevillan coach is to decide who should play on the right wing. With Munitis performing on the left, Caparr??s knows that he needs another offensive option for the left. It isn't probable the participation of Romero since he's a defensive choice. For this reason the return of Lionel Scaloni to the starting  lineup seems very probable, but the options of Momo and Rub?©n Castro shouldn't be discarded too.

But the main worry for Caparr??s is that his players could still be thinking in Celta instead of been preparing the match with Espanyol, as he said yesterday at Abegondo: "The game in Bala?­dos was very important to us, but it's history at this point. Now we have to focus in Espanyol. A victory tomorrow is the only thing that will validate the three points achieved against our eternal rival."

Deportivo will try to win four consecutive matches in la liga, a fact that didn't occur since the year 2003 when Depor achieved five consecutive wins. A rally that precisely started with the visit of Espanyol to Riazor in the last match of the 2002/03 campaign (2-1), and that continued in the first four games of the season 2003/04: Zaragoza (1-0), Athletic Bilbao (2-0), Sevilla (2-1) and Albacete (3-0).

KAMENI WILL NOT TRAVEL TO LA CORU?‘A
Espanyol's goalkeeper Carlos Kameni is discarded for tomorrow's match since he still facing troubles in his right foot. The doctor of the Catalan club said that he will wait until the last second in order to give his last recommendation, but coach Lotina said after the 2-2 draw against Zaragoza that he will give some rest to the Cameroon's keeper. Instead Lotina is thinking in debuting Gorka Iraizoz in la liga. Curiously Kameni was criticised by his own fans during Sunday's game, apparently they aren't happy with his lately performance and they were demanding the debut of Gorka in la liga.

Espanyol is in a complicate situation since they are only one point away from the relegation zone. This season the Catalans have only one victory in away matches (2-1 in M??laga), But their defensive line has a better performance when they play away from Montjuic stadium: 8 goals allowed in away games against 12 at home.


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