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NO NEW CLUES ABOUT THE LINEUP

18 Sep 2009
Lotina didn’t test any special formation during Thursday’s training, therefore the starting squad that will face RCD Espanyol will be determined until the last training session before the game, which is taken place today at Abegondo.

Thursday’s training session was used by Lotina in order to separate his teams in three blocks, these groups worked in some specific areas according to the position of the players on the pitch (defenders, midfielders and forwards). It also called the attention to see Andrés Guardado having a special video session with the coach, apparently he was correcting the tactical problems detected by the Basque man during the previous game against Malaga.

Guardado attended to the press room after the session and he confirmed what he was doing with the coach, “Lately he has been calling some players in order to correct some plays using the video, today I was the one arriving and he picked me.”

Meanwhile, Rodolfo Bodipo was already training with the team after skipping Wednesday’s session with the permission of the coaching staff. Another interesting thing is that all the players tested the mid-distance shots, something unusual in Lotina’s training sessions, actually Juca worked with the set-pieces, something the Brazilian usually does until the end of the normal sessions.

Therefore, the starting eleven that will face RCD Espanyol on Saturday (Riazor, 18h00 CET) will be tested until this day (Abegondo, 10h30 CET). On Tuesday it seemed the only novelty will be Antonio Tomas playing for Juan Rodriguez in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but that movement will have to be confirmed during today’s session.

Meanwhile, at Espanyol Shunsuke Nakamura (ankle sprain) still doubtful and his presence in the game will be determined today during the last training of the team before the trip to La Coruña. Who is already discarded for the match is Ivan De La Peña (muscular injury), the good news for the Catalans is that keeper Carlos Kameni has already surpassed a muscular problem and  he will be a starter at the Riazor.

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