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JUAN RODRIGUEZ ALWAYS PLAYS

06 Feb 2009
Filipe Luis and Juan Rodr?guez are the only two players that have participated in all the liga games of the present season, currently the Andalusian midfielder is a substitute for Lotina, but he is aware of the high competence inside the squad and assures that he is ready to fight for a spot.

Juan Rodr?guez is the fourth player at the squad in terms of more minutes played on this liga season (1,519), the Andalusian is just surpassed by Filipe Luis (1,882), Lopo (1,800) and Aranzubia (1,794), together with Filipe, they are the only two men that have participated in all the 21 liga encounters played until this point.

However, the ex-Malaga midfielder has not been a starter within the last two matches, this since De Guzm??n has regained the starting spot, reason why Juan Rodr?guez might be passed on Sunday by defender Z? Castro in the list of minutes on this season (1,513), this if Lotina decided to repeat the lineup of the past week leaving Rodr?guez on the bench and giving a starting role to the Portuguese defender.

No matter the recent situation, the stats clearly indicate that Juan Rodriguez has turned to be an important player in the schemes of Lotina. And it’s that the Andalusian has accumulated an important number of matches in all the teams where he has been. When he debuted at Malaga for the season 2004/2005, he played 27 games and only an injury prevented a bigger participation, in the next season he participated in 35 of the 38 games in liga.

Then he arrived to Deportivo and has took part in 65 of the 76 liga games disputed between the seasons 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, this means the 86% of the total. Juan talked with newspaper La Voz de Galicia about this matter an admitted that he follows his stats at the squad, ?Surely you always look to the numbers, but I prefer to do it at the end of the season, just when you can obtain your own conclusions and see if you have passed the numbers of past seasons, which is the important thing.?

Later he thanked the confidence that Lotina has put on him, ?It is very expensive to play at this team. I have disputed almost all the games as a starter and in the rest I was a substitute. Everybody likes to count for the coach. And if you can keep adding, the better.? Finally, Rodr?guez said he’s waiting for a new chance in order to regain a place as a starter, ?The competence inside the team is really strong. I repeat it, it’s difficult to play on here and now I can only work at the top, because when I could have a new chance, I want to seize the opportunity and have more continuity as a starter.?

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