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THINKING OF ALAVES

13 Jan 2006
The last place in the table visits Riazor on Sunday. Alav?©s is facing a complicated situation and for that reason the coach Chuchi Cos has been replaced by Juan Carlos Oliva. The Basques will also present three new reinforcements in order to recover the lost step in la liga.

After the 0-2 defeat against Zaragoza the president Piterman decided to sack Chuchi Cos from his roll as coach. Juan Carlos Oliva will replace him and his debut will occur on Sunday at Riazor. Left side defender Manuel Dos Santos, midfielders Blagov Georgiev and Elton Giovanni were also signed in the last days; however, Giovanni is the only one that could debut in Riazor.

Elton Giovanni is a 22-years-old Brazilian player that comes from Benfica. The coach Ronald Koeman doesn't trust in him and for that reason he decided to move to la liga. The Basques will also welcome the return of Jandro, the ex-Celta player that missed the last training sessions after a hip problem, but he's ready to participate in Sunday's match.

DEPORTIVO: TRISTAN OR ARIZMENDI?
The doubts in Deportivo are refereed to the absences due to suspension: Munitis, Capdevila and Andrade. In this order and since Iv??n Carril isn't ready yet, the appearance of the youngster Iago replacing Munitis is a possibility studied by Caparr??s, but other choices like Rub?©n Castro, Scalon, De Guzm??n or even Arizmendi shouldn't be discarded. Enrique Romero will replace Capdevila and the duo Juanma-Coloccini could perform in the central positions in the defensive zone.

In order to prepare the game Caparr??s directed yesterday a physical session in hotel Hesperia Guitiriz, the reason was to find relaxation after the hard game in Osasuna. For the occasion Fabril's players Xisco, Senel, Iago and Iv??n Carril were called up by the Sevillan coach.

The main discussion in the club is who should be the striker for the game, the good performance of Javier Arizmendi in the last matches invites the optimism, and some voices are claiming that Diego Trist??n should start in the bench leaving the opportunity for the Madrilian striker. Besides the Sevillan player didn't attend to the physical session in Guitiriz, it could be a sign that he isn't fit to play the match since he suffer a muscular injury in the game against Athletic Bilbao, the same one that caused his absence in the copa confrontation against Osasuna.

The absence of Munitis in the game with Alav?©s could also generate an interesting option: V?­ctor playing on the right wing, Arizmendi on the left, Trist??n upfront and Valer??n generating football for them. However, this choice will depend of Trist??n's physical state. The last word is in Caparr??s's mind.


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