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20 Sep 2008
Two veteran coaches collide at the Riazor, two men that know really well the Spanish League. Lotina maintains a superiority over Manzano since this last one has only achieved one victory after nine confrontations. Before the game, Lotina was giving a lot of explanations about what happened in Norway, while Manzano was worried about a possible reaction of the rival.

Gregorio Manzano has only defeated Lotina once after nine confrontations between both coaches. This is a collision between two experienced managers at Primera Divisi??n. Manzano accumulates 272 matches coaching in the elite, while Lotina already has 293 games at his side. So far, The Basque has achieved five wins over Manzano while three of the nine encounters ended in a draw.

The first confrontation between these two coaches occurred back on the season 2001/2002, at the time Lotina was working with Osasuna and Manzano arrived to Rayo Vallecano after matchday 13, the game ended in a 1-0 win for Osasuna. The last time these two men faced each other was during the 0-1 defeat of Depor at the Ono Stadi during the past liga campaign. That was the first time in which Manzano was able to conquer a victory over Lotina.

Deportivo’s coach talked on Saturday at Abegondo’s press room. The first thing he did was to defend his strategy for the past game with SK Brann Bergen ?The system has been assimilated and if we lost the other day wasn’t for been playing with three central defenders. We were wrong in other things that are important in football. It’s easy to blame the system or the lineup, but the analysis has to go deeper. For example, in the first half we had 21 approximations to the rival’s area, that’s an exaggeration. Those 21 lost plays meant 21 chances for a counterattack. Besides we didn’t know how to commit fouls nor knew how to take advantage of our superiority by the wings. We lost for those important things.?

He continued analysing why the team has been switching the system in defence ?The day of (Real) Madrid I thought it was better to play with a line of four men, and this Thursday I thought the best was to do it with a defence of five. I see the team better and more compensated playing with a line of four defenders, that’s why I changed my opinion. Last year the system worked well for the depth we had on the wings, with Willy and Lafita, but this year the first is gone and the other hasn’t appeared yet.?

For the lineup that will be sued against Mallorca, the Me?aka-born trainer gave some hints ?We will see, Lafita played several minutes for the first time and Pablo ?lvarez had some physical problems yesterday, he didn’t train but today he did fine. The logical thing is that together, both will fulfill the ninety minutes in one way or the other. Verd?? has been fine at every second. For the way the game was (Brann), he didn’t jump to the grass, but my idea was to use him in the second half.?

Later Lotina wanted to transmit a message of calmness to the fans after the setback in Norway ?I believe we aren’t as good as the impression we left against (Real) Madrid and we neither are as bad as we looked on Thursday’s match. In my opinion we have enough squad to do important things. For defeating Real Madrid we saw a great euphoria in the changing room, we should control that before.?

Finally, Deportivo’s manager talked about Diego Colotto and Omar Bravo ?You need to make the players in the way, on the past year Coloccini did that silly penalty against Valencia; I talked with him and he focus. Colotto is living the same situation; it wasn’t a mistake to put him. About Bravo, he is willing to do the right things and since these things aren’t occurring, he gets mad with himself. He isn’t stopping on the trainings, he’s a wonderful boy.?

Mallorca’s manager gave a press conference on Friday, just before the travel to La Coru?a. Firstly, he fears a reaction from Depor after the setback in the UEFA cup ?I don’t want to understand that this defeat is a dose of chastisement for Sunday. I think Lotina presents interesting things in defense and has a great counterattack, no matter he keeps the philosophy of the past season. He has consistency and good reinforcements.?

One of the main inquires in the minds of the journalist was the conformation of the starting eleven at the Riazor, Manzano assured there will be changes, but he didn’t give too many clues ?Sometimes the teams you made during the trainings are similar to Sundays’ lineups, but in other occasions… you also look for equality between the teams.? He was asked about who will replace suspended Juanmi in the formation, he just answered ?Varela or Pep Llu?s Mart?, because Scaloni is working in order to be at the top physical level.?

The main hope of the Bail?n-born trainer is to play a better game compared to the first visit in la liga, the 0-3 against Valencia at Mestalla ?I hope the second exit will be better than the first one. We made an analysis of the game with Osasuna and we concluded that we have to learn how to close those games. At the Riazor, I’m worried about our conduct and the way in which we will attack the rival.?

Finally, after two matches in la liga, Manzano was making the first conclusions about his team ?I don’t like a lot of things, but what I want to emphasise is the intention of the squad in order to play with the ball.? Asked about the lineups for the regular season, the coach responded ?We won’t have a fixed starting eleven. I think is sane to have competence and tension in order to enter into the squad. There will be five or six players that can be starters, for the rest things are really equal.?

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