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NO CLUES AGAINST VALLADOLID

30 Apr 2009
Lotina hasn’t gave any clue of the lineup that he is planning to use in the game against Valladolid, though there are rumours that Lassad and Bodipo will stay in the starting eleven. Meanwhile, the rivals are still dealing with the injuries.

One day less ahead of the confrontation against Real Valladolid (Sunday, 17h00 CET) and coach Miguel Angel Lotina hasn’t gave any hint of the lineup that he’s planning to use in the game.  That’s because the group has been training without testing any special formation. However, Depor Sport assured on its Thursday’s edition that Lotina will keep playing with the duo Lassad-Nouioui-Rodolfo Bodipo in attack.

The paper printed the comments of both players and affirmed that both men are feeling very comfortable when they play at the same time. ?I try to be well placed and to see him feeling free and released.? Were the comments of Bodipo about this matter, while Lassad was saying the Guinean is like his ?mentor’ over the pitch, ?Bodipo talks to me a lot, he gives me advices on the pitch and I work fine with him.?

If this combination is finally confirmed, it will mean that Joan Verd?? will stay out of the starting eleven for the second straight time, the Catalan missed the game with Malaga due to a toe injured. The good news of the day is that Mista already started to train and even to touch the ball during the sessions tough he is working apart from his team mates. However, Antonio Tom??s (hamstring) and Piscu (ankle) are already discarded for Sunday’s game since they are not fit yet. The Cantabrian was running alone on the pitch, while the Galician defender was working at the gym.

After the session ended, keeper Dani Aranzubia talked at Abegondo’s press room. He was saying that the club and the players haven’t negotiated yet any bonuses in case of reaching the goal of the UEFA, but that this fact won’t stop the squad at the pitch, "With bonuses or not, the team will make the same effort, because entering to the UEFA is already a reward."

The Basque was also expressing his satisfaction because Depor is now fighting for Europe after been struggling to survive during the past campaign, ?Seeing the season the squad made on last year, we should be optimistic, because the group is virtually the same and the team came launched. Now we arrive to the last matchdays with options of reaching the UEFA and we will try it until the end.?

Finally, he was talking about the next three matchdays and the factor been facing Valladolid on the weekend, "In theory the next three games are more accessible than Sevilla and Barcelona, though this depends on how both will arrive to the Riazor, because if they play for the Champions League and la liga, it will be more complicated. Now, however, we must think of Valladolid, about winning the match, and then the rest of matches will come. Valladolid is a good team, it has maintained the regularity throughout the year and this allows them to be in a quiet position. It may come without much need of points, but sometimes, this tranquility makes things work for you, because you are not in a hurry, so we can’t be too confident.?

At Valladolid, Marcos (quadriceps contusion), ?lvaro Rubio (hamstring), Jonathan Sesma (adductor), Borja (back), and ?scar S??nchez (muscular edema) already returned to train, but Pedro Le??n and keeper Sergio Asenjo are now doubtful for the game due to tonsillitis. Pedro L??pez (pubis), Garc?a Calvo (toe) and Vivar Dorado (Achilles) are already discarded for the clash at the Riazor.

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