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IS IT A PHYSICAL PROBLEM?

23 Mar 2011
The latest performance of Depor and the injuries have brought, once again, doubts about the physical condition of the players. But coach Eduardo Dominguez defends his work assuring that Depor’s problems goes beyond the shape of the players.

Complicate week for Deportivo after losing against Levante at the Riazor, not only for the defeat against a direct rival, but also for the impression left by the team. Some were criticizing the commitment of the players, while others were slaying the tactics of the coach. Meanwhile, the players were searching for their own explanations, and it called the attention that some veterans were talking of the physical state of the team as one of the excuses for the defeat.

Starting with captain Manuel Pablo, who clearly believes that the players at Deportivo aren’t at the top of their physical form, “The team is feeling hurt due to the injuries. There are players coming out from long-term cases, muscular problems, all kind of physical situations. People aren’t fine. Let’s see if we can recover in these two weeks.”

Similar were the thoughts of Juan Rodriguez, another of the veterans at the squad, “We never felt fresh as in other games. The rival had more sparkle and it was noticed throughout the match. Let’s hope we will regain the intensity during the break.”

It’s also worrying to notice that the players are going down like flies as after every game there is a new list of casualties, On Monday it was known that Laure played with a tear in the semitendinosus muscle of his left leg, injury that was sustained on Saturday’s training, later it was informed that Rubén Pérez suffered a hamstring injury during the match.

Both men will continue to work with the team and aren’t discarded to take part of the next match against RCD Mallorca, but the fragile state of the players is now a big concern among the fans. And on Tuesday the maximum responsible of the physical condition of Depor’s men, coach Eduardo Dominguez, was defending his work as he was saying that there are other reasons that explain the current problems of Deportivo.

As Dominguez said to newspaper La Voz de Galicia, “"In a conditional level we neither are better nor worse than the other rivals. In that respect I am convinced that the team will reach the needed level to win the games that are necessary to save ourselves.”

“We are always relating the defeats with the physical aspect, but the reading must be deeper. Each time we lose we only focus on the physical aspect… it might was a factor, but clearly there are others that can be analyzed.” He added. Dominguez even said that Manuel Pablo was the only player with physical problems before the game with Levante, “He only had three trainings before the game and noticed it, but the rest of players were without problems.”

Finally, the physical trainer of Depor was explaining the plans ahead of the coming game with Mallorca, “In January we were playing the Copa Del Rey, later we tried to recover some people in February, and on this week we will start to train in double shifts, because they will have a free weekend and they will have three days for the rest. Then on Monday we will start to prepare the game against Mallorca.”

Coincidentally or not, on Tuesday the team had a special training session, the players traveled to the sporting installations in Cocheras (La Coruña) and played handball, basketball and indoor football. It’s considered as a recovery session after the disappointment of the past weekend. Meanwhile, the player dragging injuries, Morel, Manuel Pablo, Riki and Juca were working at the grass of the Riazor, while Laure and Ruben Pérez were in treatment at the Depor Clinica.

Precisely, Laure commented after the treatment how he feels ahead of the next game, “I feel fine, willing to recover and help the team. I can’t assure that I will be ready for the next match, but will train all day long in order to be recovered. There isn’t any trick to play a game after sustaining an injury, it is just that there was no pain and I didn’t feel any problem to play. In our current situation I all want is to help the team.”

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