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LOTINA TARGETS THE LAST TEN GAMES

24 Mar 2009
Lotina said on Tuesday that the break in la liga is good for Deportivo, because he will be able to recover the injured players at the squad. At the same time, he is content with the remaining calendar as he targets the last ten games in order to clinch a European position.

Yesterday, Deportivo returned to train, the squad will work between Tuesday and Thursday (with the exception of Guardado and Lassad, who are joining their national teams), and then the group will enjoy of a short period of three days of vacations. Then, on Monday, the squad will resume the work ahead of the visit to RCD Espanyol.

For Miguel Angel Lotina the break in la liga is important in order to �recharge the batteries� previously to the end of la liga "The break is good for us, because physically, we are going to recover a lot of people that's injured or that's dragging with some problems. Besides, the three days of rest is a psychological help after a charged season, it will be like playing a liga of only ten matchdays." He said at Abegondo’s press room after the training.

And it’s that Depor could recover at least three injured men for the visit to Espanyol: Antonio Tom??s, Rodolfo Bodipo and Z?© Castro. The first two men are already training with the rest of the group, while the Portuguese defender will do it soon. The return of Antonio Tom??s is very important taking in mind that Sergio and Juan Rodr?­guez are suspended for that encounter.

Besides, Lotina is hopeful because he thinks the calendar is very positive for Deportivo, "The calendar is not bad, we can’t complain about it. In the last two matchdays it is not the same to see Sevilla playing for the Champions League and Barcelona for la liga, but I think the Andalusian team will be already qualified and about Barcelona, if they would be playing for la liga in the last matchday, it will beautiful, but if not, it's different. Hopefully, at the last matchday we will be playing for Europe.�

Once again, the Me?±aka-born manager was emphasising that Deportivo is now changing the goals for the season: from been fighting for the permanence to be targeting Europe. "We have now much higher targets than we thought, and to change from small to large goals is always nice. Now we’re fighting for something that nobody gave us in August, and we have to demonstrate that we deserve this. Next week, I want to see everyone with a tremendous enthusiasm for what we are playing for.â€?

Finally, Lotina was confirming that the club already started to move in the market, this in order to sign reinforcements for the next season, "We're moving. We have a certain advantage, because we know where we are going to be next year: at Primera. And, except for the first places, we, Malaga and Valladolid, the others can’t give the needed step until they have the necessary points. My thoughts, and the ones of the club, are to take advantage of that. �

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