Squad news


12 Aug 2008
Lotina already called 24 men for the UEFA match against Hadjuk Split. There are no surprises as he practically called all the players that will face the liga season. It’s expected Lotina might use a similar squad than the one that faced the Intertoto. Meanwhile, the Croatian team is traveling to Spain with 18 players.

No big surprises in the list of called players in order to face the first-leg match against Hadjuk Split (Saturday at the Riazor, 21h00) as Lotina has called the 24 men that should face the liga season: Aranzubia, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Lopo, Z?© Castro, Adri??n L??pez â€?Piscu’, Rochela, Juanan, Manuel Pablo, Laure, Filipe (defenders); Guardado, Sergio, Juan Rodr?­guez, Antonio Tom??s, De Guzman, Lafita, Pablo Alvarez, Valer??n, Cristian, Verd?? (midfielders), Riki, Mista, Xisco and Omar Bravo (strikers).

These players will train during this afternoon behind closed doors at the Riazor. It’s expected that Lotina will use a similar squad than the one that faced the Intertoto cup. This mean a 5-2-2-1 formation with Fabricio or Aranzubia on the goal, Manuel Pablo on the right-back position, Filipe on the left, Lopo, Z?© Castro and Piscu in the centre of the defence, Sergio playing in midfield alongside Juan Rodriguez or De Guzman, Valer??n and Lafita on the playmaking function and Riki as the lonely striker.

Meanwhile, the coach of Hadjuk Split, Goran Vucevic, is traveling to Spain with these 18 players: Vjekoslav Tomic, Danijel Suba??ić (goalkeepers); Boris ??ivković, Jurica Buljat, Marijan Buljat, Ivan Strinic, Mario Maloca, (defenders); Drago Gabric, Mario Ticinovic, Josip Skoko, Senidad Ibričić, Mirko Oremus, Srdan Andrić, Sini??a Linić, Drago Gabric, Drago Gabric (midfielders); Azt??n Jertec, Nikola Kalinić and Tomislav Bu??ić (strikers).

The novelty is the presence of Australian midfielder Josip Skoko who missed the first round match against Birkirkara FC. Who will miss the game for injury reasons is striker Mladen Bartolović. The Croatian team will also train today at the Riazor (20h00). About the match, keeper Dani Aranzubia admitted that Depor is the favourite team in the series â€?Theoretically, we are the superior side, but we need to demonstrate this on the pitch.â€?

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