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REPEATING THE LINEUP AFTER NINE MONTHS

12 Dec 2008
Coach Miguel Angel Lotina is preparing the same starting lineup that defeated Malaga CF for the visit to Real Valladolid. This means that the Basque coach is keen to repeat a squad in two consecutive liga matches for the first time in nine months. The rotations and the injuries are the two main causes for this behaviour.

On Friday Lotina started to prepare the lineup that will play at the Jos?© Zorrilla stadium, and the novelty is that there were no changes compared to the squad that defeated Malaga on the past weekend (2-0 at the Riazor). Albert Lopo trained with normality after been out the whole week with a quadriceps injury. Therefore the Catalan will play alongside Z?© Castro at the centre of the defense, while Manuel Pablo will cover the right-back position and Filipe Luis the left.

In midfield it seems that Lotina will keep the defensive duo of Juan Rodr?­guez and Julian de Guzm??n, while Joan Verd?? will probably continue in the playmaking function. Also, all appoints that Andr?©s Guardado and Angel Lafita will stay on the wings and that Mista will be the lonely striker.

If the test made on Friday ends to be the starting squad at Valladolid, it will mean the first time in nine months in which Lotina repeats a lineup in two straight liga games. The last time this occurred was in March of the present year. It was between matchdays 27 (2-2 at Valencia) and 28 (1-0 Vs Real Madrid). In both occasions the Me?±aka-born trainer played with the same starting eleven: Aouate - Manuel Pablo, Lopo, Coloccini, Pablo Amo, Filipe - De Guzm??n, Sergio - Wilhelmsson, Lafita – Xisco.

Since that moment, Depor has disputed 24 matches in la liga and Lotina has never repeated the same starting squad. The main reasons for this behaviour are the injuries of players like Manuel Pablo, Rodolfo Bodipo, Antonio Tom??s, Julian de Guzm??n, Riki or Pablo Alvarez, plus the rotations that Lotina has used to refresh a squad that has faced three competitions on this season.

No matter the constant changes, Lotina has three fixed men in his squad: Daniel Aranzubia, Filipe Luis and Albert Lopo. The first two players have participated completely in the fourteen liga matches played so far, while Lopo has completed thirteen matches and just missed one due to suspension.

Other players with big participation in la liga season are Juan Rodr?­guez, Joan Verd??, Angel Lafita and Andr?©s Guardado Rodr?­guez has played in the fourteen games of the liga campaign, though he only appeared eleven times as starter and three as substitute, while each one of the other three men have played twelve games on the liga campaign.

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