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25 Aug 2006
La liga starts tomorrow for Deportivo. The Galician squad will play against Zaragoza at the Riazor in the kick-off of Caparr??s' newest project. The Sevillan coach will use the same lineup that played the Teresa Herrera tournament. The only modification is the return of Capdevila.

The revolution starts now. The lineup will see seven new faces, including two that are making their debut in Primera (Arbeloa and Barrag??n). Dudu Aouate will be the goalkeeper, it's his third appearance wearing Depor's shirt and the first opportunity to demonstrate that he has enough skills to replace Molina.

Joan Capdevila is the only 'familiar' face in the defensive line. He has surpassed his injury (ankle) and is ready to occupy the left side. The duo Albert Lopo-Alvaro Arbeloa will play in the centre while Antonio Barrag??n will cover the right.

Midfield will also see some changes. Fabricio Coloccini will move his position to this sector, a job that he will have to do all throughout the season although the exit of Duscher hasn't been confirmed yet. Sergio will be his partner in the pivote function. Juan Rodr?­guez is the selected man to replace Valer??n, a difficult job to fulfil, but the Andalucian player has made a good work so far as he demonstrated it during the Teresa Herrera.

Caparr??s will continue with his policy of reconverting his strikers into winger. In this way, Riki will cover the left sector and Javier Arizmendi the right. Finally, Rodolfo Bodipo will be the striker. Caparr??s knows the importance of starting the season with a victory, for that reason he arranged a concentration with all the players in which he counts, the only absence is Andrade. Trist??n and Scaloni were also left out of this concentration.

Los Ma?±os are presenting one of their most ambitious teams in recent times. The offensive line is a real luxury: Pablo Aimar, Andr?©s D'Alessandro, Diego Milito and Ewerthon. Diogo will debut with Zaragoza although that he joined the squad just three days ago. Sergio Fern??ndez will have the mission of being the partner of Gabriel Milito in the defensive sector.

Coach V?­ctor Fern??ndez is returning to the club in which he enjoyed the better results (he won a copa UEFA there). The main problem is that Fern??ndez is trying to modify the usual line of five midfielders for the new figure of four men with Aimar as the creator of football. This change hasn't been assimilated yet by the players. For this reason it has been commented in the Spanish papers that the team will have troubles to achieve positive results during the first liga matches.

However, Andr?©s D'Alessandro believes that his team must try to start la liga with three points in the pocket: "The important thing is to start the competition with a win, it doesn't matter how you do it. To win the first game is a crucial fact, especially if you start away from home."

Deportivo: Aouate - Barrag??n, Lopo, Arbeloa, Capdevila - Sergio, Coloccini - Arizmendi, Juan Rodr?­guez, Riki - Bodipo.
Zaragoza: C?©sar S??nchez - Diogo, Sergio Fern??ndez, Gabriel Milito, Juanfran - Zapater, Ponzio, D'Alessandro, Aimar - Ewerthon, Diego Milito.
Referee: P?©rez Burrull.
19h00 (Riazor).

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