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ALL EYES OVER THE COPA

13 Mar 2006
Caparr??s is preparing the last details in order to face Espanyol in the crucial game in the Copa del Rey. The Sevillan coach hasn't given any clue about the possible line-up, but he has called up Xisco, Iv??n Carril and Iago to prepare for the match. For Espanyol the novelty is the recuperation of Fredson who could be able to play the match.

For the first time this season, Caparr??s will have all the players together in a hotel before a home match, a new probe because this is a crucial game for the Galicians. All the players available will sleep in the hotel Hesperia Finisterre tonight. The only absences are the injured Gallardo, Andrade, Taborda and Valer??n. Gallardo's problem isn't too serious, but doctor Cobi??n will give him more rest  to avoid further problems.

In order to face this challenge Caparr??s is working with a three step strategy. Firstly, he has spoken with his players in private, a 15-minute conversation planned to ask for unity in the squad. Secondly, he moved the training sessions from Abegondo to the Riazor, the origin of the problems. Finally, Caparr??s is planning a revolution in the line-up and for that reason he has called up Xisco, Iv??n Carril  and Iago from Fabril.

For the moment the Sevillan coach hasn’t given any clue about the line-up that he's preparing, but it's expected that there will be at least three changes compared to the team that lost against Real Sociedad on Saturday. Aldo Duscher could return to midfield while the participation of Arizmendi and Iv??n Carril as starters is also expected.

Sergio talked yesterday about the current state of Deportivo, despite the negative situation, the Catalan wants to maintain an optimistic view: "I'm one of those that believes that the defeat against Real Sociedad has been positive for Wednesday's match, because if we were successful in achieving the three points then, we would be saying at this point that the squad has found their way and everybody would be too relaxed."

ESPANYOL: PRECAUTION IN THE CATALAN SQUAD
The Catalan squad doesn't believe that the bad performances of Depor at the Riazor is a fact that will affect this match, they know that the Galicians are used to playing tense competitions like the Champions League, and they also fear that with their liga aspirations over, the only thing that matters for Depor is the Copa del Rey, a fact that the captain Tamudo wanted to remember: "They will try to save their season against us."

Tamudo also thinks that Espanyol has a great opportunity to reach a new final in the Copa del Rey (Espanyol has won eight trophies so far): "We must be positive. I hope that the team will be able to play the final in the Bernabe??, but first we must face this match with calmness, knowing that it won't be an easy one."

Luis Garc?a was another player that commented on the possibilities of Espanyol in this game: "The draw is enough for us. But I'm one of those that believes that when you play for the draw, you usually lose. It will be a tremendous effort and the reward will be the final. I believe that we must play as we did against Celta, with attitude and thinking that we will achieve the qualification."

For Espanyol, the only absences will be Armando Sa who was sent off in the last liga match against Celta and also Mois?s Hurtado who is still injured. Fredson Camara and David Garc?a have surpassed their physical troubles and coach Lotina has them available for the crucial game in Riazor.


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