Squad news


30 Jul 2008
Deportivo will play against Minerven FC on Friday’s morning. The Galicians trained in a double session on Wednesday and will do the same on this day. Lotina already announced the line-up for this game, including the debut of Aranzubia at Depor’s goal.

The squad worked in a double session during Wednesday. In the morning Lotina worked with his team at Centro Italo Venezolano in Guayana. Later the Basque coach and some of the players were in a press conference in which the game was presented to the public. In the afternoon, the squad visited the CTE Cachamay stadium in order to train.

In the second training, Depor’s team was divided in four groups. Two of them were running around the pitch, while the other two were making physical exercises and practicing with the ball. Goalkeepers Fabricio, Aranzubia and Manu worked with the keeper’s trainer.

Later, Lotina concentrated his efforts in working in reduced spaces and with the players divided by zones, always with four players at every side. The intention of the Basque coach was to practise the movement of the ball when the squad is facing a close pressure, he emphasised the precision of the passes and gave constant indications about this matter. Lotina specially worked with Andr?s Guardado, Manuel Pablo, Adri??n L??pez, Filipe, Lopo, Rochela, Laure and Juanan.

After the trained ended, Miguel Angel Lotina talked with reporters and announced the line-up for the game. The main novelty is that Dani Aranzubia will debut in the goalkeeping position. Laure will be the right-back and Guardado will cover the left side. In the centre Piscu and Z? Castro have a secure place, while the other spot will be Juanan or Rochela.

De Guzm??n will debut in the pre-season playing alongside Verd?? in midfield. Lotina still has to decide who will be the right winger as the two choices are Pablo ?lvarez and Cristian. Mista will cover the left wing and Omar Bravo will make his debut as starter playing as the lonely striker.

Andr?s Guardado also talked with reporters; he confessed that Lotina has told him that he would play as left-back of the squad during the friendly matches ?The coach has told me that he’ll put me there during the friendly games, as a backup for Filipe. Its fine with me, I need to be adapted and play there… it’s good to have a fixed location, that’s why the mister is working on that. I will play wherever he wants; I was always a respectful player in terms of tactical subjects. I will play wherever he wants me to do it.?

About the tour in Venezuela, the Mexican winger said that he’s conscious about the importance of the pre-season ?The second phase of the pre-season is starting right now, we will face more games, although we already played a couple, but these ones are useful to us, the players that haven’t performed yet. All of this in order to be in shape, to be ready for the start of the tournament.?

Other player that talked with the media was Mista, he expressed his satisfaction because he has been welcomed by the rest of the players ?Until the moment it has been complicated, fortunately my team mates have welcomed me and that means a more easy integration. I am hopeful about my arrival and I’m wishing to live a good phase in my career.?


Minerven FC is returning to Venezuelan first division and they have been making the pre-season in Colombia. On Tuesday’s night, the squad worked for the first time at the CTE Cachamay stadium since the end of the past season (May).

The occasion was used by coach Nerio Hernandez in order to test the line-up that will face Deportivo. It’s expected that Tulio Hern??ndez will be the goalkeeper, David McIntosh the left-back and Carlos Verd?? will play on the right side. The central defenders will be Colombian Jorge Amara and Daniel Ben?tez. The two defensive pivotes Camilo Uribe and Angel Flores. Javier Caraballo and Leonardo Ver??n will be the playmakers and Edgar Lima the striker.

After the training ended, keeper Tulio Hern??ndez talked with the media about the importance of been facing Deportivo ?This is a great responsibility, I hope a lot of people will come to the stadium, I am wishing to play once again at the Cachamay. I am visualising it and it’s very exciting for me.?

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