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THINKING OF MALAGA

23 Apr 2009
So far, without doubt the most important game on the liga season. Depor visits La Rosaleda searching to keep alive its European aspirations. For the moment Lotina hopes to have Lafita and Riki available for the encounter.

The visit to Malaga FC represents the last and most important confrontation against a direct liga rival. Currently the Andalusian have added 50 points after defeating Osasuna at Reyno de Navarra (3-2), that means they are just one point above Deportivo in the liga table. A win will mean a boost for Antonio Tapia and his squad, and will complicate the things for Depor, while an away victory will put the Galician directly at the doors of Europe.

Ahead of the game, Lotina hopes to recover both Angel Lafita and Riki, players that have been important in attack as combined they have scored the 30% of the goals in the competition. Deportivo trained on Thursday’s morning, but it was just a soft session in which the players just completed some physical exercises. It will be until Friday that Depor’s coach will be able to know if he will count with both players. Also, there are no suspensions for the game at La Rosaleda.

It will be a special game for Juan Rodriguez, player that begun his career there as he debuted at Primera Divisi??n with Malaga. The Andalusian midfielder said after the session that it will be a weird sensation for him, �It will be weird because I have always played there wearing the shirt of Malaga, and now I am defending the colours of Deportivo. At the same time it will be a pretty game, because I play for a great club and I am facing the team where I debuted at Primera Divisi??n. I have friends and family there and we both fight for Europe.�

Meanwhile, Antonio Tapia didn’t want to lose time and he ordered a training session at Bilbao during Thursday’s morning after defeating Osasuna at Pamplona on Wednesday. The squad already returned to Andalusia. For the game against Depor, Adri??n is unable to play since Depor’s is his parent club, while defender Jes??s G??mez is suspended after picking a red card at Reyno De Navarra.

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