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THINKING OF HADJUK SPLIT

26 Aug 2008
Lotina will return to the 4-2-3-1 formation searching for the pass to the next round in UEFA. That’s something confirmed by the same coach. For the trip to Croatia, the Basque trainer has called twenty players including three keepers. The novelty is the absence of Xisco due to a hamstring strain.

Deportivo needs to clinch a positive result at the Gradski stadion u Poljudu in order to advance in the UEFA competition. To accomplish the mission the Galician squad needs to score goals. That’s why Lotina is changing the line-up into a 4-2-3-1 figure, something the same coach confirmed after Tuesday’s training ?Yes, we will surely play with a line of four defenders. The tests we have made so far are really important, but not definitive.?

The coach said this because he has made some modifications in the last trainings, on Monday the squad was playing with Z? Castro and Albert Lopo for the centre of the defence, but by Tuesday the Portuguese was replaced by Adri??n L??pez ?Piscu’, meaning the youngster has big chances to start the game. What’s clear is that Dani Aranzubia will be the goalkeeper of the squad, while Laure will perform as the right-back and Filipe will cover the left side.

In midfield Sergio and De Guzm??n have chances to start although Antonio Tom??s was tested as the partner of the Catalan during Tuesday’s training. One of the modifications for this encounter is to put Juan Rodr?guez on the pitch performing as a right winger, function the Andalusian already fulfilled in the past. This means that Deportivo will play with a ?false’ triple pivote figure on the pitch.

Other thing that seems clear is that the trio Valer??n-Riki-Guardado will be responsible for the goals, Xisco was left out of the game since he’s suffering a hamstring strain, therefore Riki is appointed to lead the attacks of Deportivo. The list of called players also includes Manu as a third keeper. An absentee for the game is ?ngel Lafita, player that was operated from Appendicitis a couple of weeks ago, but the good news is that the Aragonian winger will probably be available for the liga debut with Real Madrid.

List of called players (20): Aranzub?a, Fabricio, Manu (goalkeepers); Laure, Lopo, Ze Castro, Adri??n L??pez, Filipe (defenders); De Guzman, Sergio, Juan Rodr?guez, Antonio Tom??s, Verd??, Cristian, Pablo ?lvarez, Valer??n, Guardado (midfielders); Mista, Riki and Omar Bravo (strikers).

After Tuesday’s training ended, Andr?s Guardado talked at Abegondo’s press room about this important challenge ?We are leaving clear the message in the changing room. Thursday’s match is very important for the things we are playing. Being so close to the group phase in UEFA, we don’t want to miss that opportunity. All the players coming from other clubs, from other countries, were dreaming to be playing someday the UEFA or the Champions League and little by little, we are fulfilling our goals. We all know the importance of this kind of matches. It gives you maturity and projection.?

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