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REPEATING THE SQUAD

06 Nov 2010
Against Levante, Lotina intends to repeat the squad that achieved the first win of the season over Espanyol, but he will have to make a change as RindarÝy is not recovered yet. Seoane will be the one appearing at the left.

Thursdayís training session left a clear picture of what coach Miguel Angel Lotina intends to do for Sundayís visit to Levante: to repeat the same lineup that achieved the first win of the season. However he has a problem as left-back defender Knut Olav RindarÝy still sidelined.

The Norwegian had to be replaced at half-time of the game with Espanyol due to a hamstring problem, and he didnít complete any training session during the week, and with only one day remaining before the match itís improbable that he will be included in the list travelling to the Ciutat de Valencia.

Since Wednesday Lotina has been searching for a replacement and has tested with Paraguayan Claudio Morel and  Diego Seoane, and in the end the chosen one is Fabrilís right-back defender, actually it was him who replaced RindarÝy on the past Sunday.

Lotinaís plan is to repeat the same 5-2-2-1 lineup of the last two official games; with Daniel Aranzubia at the goal, Manuel Pablo will continue playing at the right-back position, while the trio Lopo-Aythami-Colotto  will perform on the centre. The defensive line is completed with the presence of Seoane on the left.

At midfield the coach is welcoming the return of Brazilian Juca, but in the end the idea is to continue playing with the couple composed by Rubťn Pťrez and Juan Rodriguez, duo that with the pass of the days is becoming into the preferred couple of the Basque coach.

Within the last days Lotina received the bad news that Guardado wonít be ready for this meeting after suffering a relapse of his hamstring injury, but at least the coach is recovering Yves Desmarets, now the French will be the alternative on the bench to Saul Fernandez and Adrian, this last duo impressed during the game against Espanyol and will continue on the starting formation, especially the Asturian, who broke his spell against the goal as he scored the first goal that led to the victory.

Lotina will still wait until today to know if Pablo Alvarez will be fit to play, for that reason the presence of Desmarets is important as he could be the only winger available in case the coach needs someone to come out from the bench.

Finally, Riki will be the central attacker. The Madrilenian is always a threat for the rivals, but in the match against the Catalans he didnít have too many scoring opportunities. Perhaps thatís the reason why Lotina has worked a lot with him during the last two trainings, and itís that the Basque man has been emphasizing the way in which Riki should move on the pitch, with and without the ball.

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