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THE TERESA HERRERA 2011

14 Aug 2011
The 66th edition of the Teresa Herrera tournament will mark the end of the pre-season for Deportivo; the Galicians will try to extend the positive impression left in previous meetings, while Sevilla is more worried of the Europa League.

Ninth and final pre-season game for Deportivo La Coruña, it’s also the first match at the Riazor after the painful match with Valencia that marked the relegation to Segunda. It’s the Teresa Herrera 2011 against the stronger rival that Depor will meet before debuting at Segunda: Sevilla CF. The good news is that coach José Luis Oltra is recovering the major part of the injured players.

And it’s Dani Aranzubia (muscular), Germán Lux (thigh), Zé Castro (muscular), Lassad Nouioui (ankle) and Pablo Álvarez (ankle) have surpassed their physical problems. The only two players out at this point are Saúl Fernández (hamstring) and Juan Dominguez (quadriceps)

On Saturday, Oltra didn’t test any lineup for the match; he just ordered his men to train the set-pieces. It will be until this morning that he will test the squad at the Riazor (10h00 CET, session behind closed doors). Despite the lack of clues, it is expected that the Valencian coach will present a similar formation to the one that will debut at Segunda during next week.

In this sense Aranzubia should be at the goal, Manuel Pablo should cover the right-back spot, Ayoze will be on the left sector, while Colotto and Aythami will perform at the centre of the defense. At midfield Jesús Vázquez has a secure place, and the doubt is who will be his partner at the centre. Alex Bergantiños and Rubén Pérez are the main candidates.

Bruno Gama has impressed with his few matches on the pre-season and the Portuguese player will perform on the right wing, the left flank could be for Guardado, who returned from international action on Friday, Valerón should be performing on the playmaker role and Riki should be the centre attacker.

Precisely Riki talked of the importance of this meeting, “This will be an important test; Sevilla is a good rival and the match is a great exam before the debut in liga. We still have one week and must compete. Let’s hope it will be a nice match. We are willing to go out to the pitch, because we play at home, in front of our people and want to keep the trophy.”

The Madrilenian striker is also satisfied with the arrival of Xisco and also with the composition of the team ahead of the Segunda season, "We have a strong squad, the reinforcements were good and we now have a Primera team that, for accident, is at Segunda."

Meanwhile, Sevilla FC arrives to La Coruña on Sunday’s noon and the team is more worried of the UEFA Europa League, because in midweek the face the first-leg of the playoff round against German side Hannover 96.

New coach Marcelino Garcia Toral will probably reserve some of his best players; the clear thing is that midfielders Iván Rakitic (toe) and Tiberio Guarente (knee) are out due to injury reasons. Striker Frederic Kanoute (Soleus), defender Federico Fazio (adductor) and attacker Rodrigo Rios ‘Rodri’ (ankle) are doubtful for the meeting, though they were able to complete the training session on Saturday.

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