Squad news


26 Apr 2006
Both teams arrives with the intention of confirming their European options. Celta experiences a good run lately with four victories in the last five liga matches, including two consecutive wins out of Bala?­dos. Deportivo continues to show a poor performance in La Coru?±a, but they have at least improved the home record achieving seven of the last nine points disputed in Riazor.

Celta is maintaining the fifth position in the table and they are even thinking in the fourth spot. The main reason for this situation are the four victories they have achieved in the last five liga encounters. Results that includes the away wins against Atl?©tico (3-0) and Betis (2-0). The last home victory over Zaragoza (4-0) has also gave them a lot of confidence in their European chances.

But Vigo's team has to surpass a big historical fact: Celta has only won two times in Riazor during the last 35 years. The aggregate score of 11-0 accumulated in the last three derby's matches is also a statistical number that has been highly commented lately. The last victory of Celta against Deportivo occurred in the season 2002/03 at Bala?­dos (3-0), a result that assured their participation in the Champions League 2003/04 and that ended the championship dreams of Depor in la liga.

Caparr??s' squad continues to suffer in the home matches, but they have at least improved the home record. Deportivo has achieved two victories (2-1 Vs M??laga and 2-0 Vs Racing) and one draw (0-0 Vs Sevilla) in the last three matches played at the Riazor.

But Depor has experienced a lot of troubles at home when they faced clubs that are fighting for the European spots. So far, the Blanquiazul squad has only been able to achieve three wins against this clubs: Atl?©tico Madrid (1-0), Getafe (1-0) and Real Madrid (3-1). There have been also three draws: Barcelona (3-3), Zaragoza (1-1) and Sevilla (0-0). The other were three defeats: Osasuna (0-1), Valencia (0-1) and Villarreal (0-2). A curiosity is that Depor always fail to achieve the win when they end scoreless at home. The only exceptions are the defeat with Espanyol (1-2) and the scoreless draw with Sevilla.

Caparr??s has made a clear statement after yesterday's training: "I am more worried about my defensive line than by my offensive sector." The reason for this situation are the injures suffered by Andrade, C?©sar, Romero, H?©ctor and Juanma. The latest suspensions of De Guzm??n, Coloccini and Manuel Pablo are also increasing the defensive problems.

For this reason Depor's coach is preparing a new alternative: he has called the youngster David V??zquez 'Chapi' to train with the first squad during the present week. H?©ctor has experienced a nice recovery and could play as right defender since Manuel Pablo is suspended. This would mean that the defensive duo in the centre will be Coloccini-Juanma while Capdevila will continue on the left.

But if H?©ctor isn't fit, Coloccini would occupy his position and Romero will enter into the lineup in order to play with Juanma in the centre. Since C?©sar continues to experience physical troubles, the option of Chapi could be Caparr??s’ selected choice to cover any necessity that he could have during the match. It could be his debut in Primera... and it would be a very special one.

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