Squad news


13 Apr 2014
Vital game as two direct rivals for the direct promotion spots are colliding at the Riazor. Curiously both teams have been criticized due to their playing style. Fernando Vázquez recovers Insua and Marchena for the centre of the defense.

A lot has been said about the strength of Deportivo playing on the road, but Recreativo is also a strong team when it leaves the Colombino stadium; actually El Decano is the second best visitor behind Depor. The Andalusians have added 25 points after 16 visits clinching 7 victories: 2-3 at Real Murcia (matchday 01), 0-3 at CD Mirandés (matchday 05), 1-2 at Real Zaragoza (matchday 07), 1-2 at Castilla (matchday 09), 2-3 at CD Numancia (matchday 16), 1-2 at Hércules CF (matchday 25) and 0-1 at Barcelona B (matchday 27).

Recreativo is also the second best scorer in the league, their 47 goals in favour are only improved by Sporting Gijón (53). An interesting stat is that the Andalusians are the third best scorer on the road with 21 goals, only one goal behind Sporting Gijón and Real Zaragoza, however they have ended scoreless in their last three away meetings: 0-1 at CD Tenerife, 0-2 at CD Lugo and 0-0 at RCD Mallorca.

Deportivo, meanwhile, are still facing problems playing at the Riazor. The Galicians have only won two of the last eight home meetings and this is only the 14th best home team record in the league adding 26 points in 17 home matches, but it’s also true that Los Blanquiazules are one of the three teams in the league that have only lost three times at home. The only three teams that grabbed the three points at the Riazor were Real Murcia (matchday 02), Córdoba CF (matchday 04) and UD Las Palmas (matchday 22).

Finally, Recreativo have only won in 5 of their 17 visits to A Coruña, but one of those victories was a demolishing 2-5 back on the Primera season 2006/07. It was only one of the three opportunities in which Depor allowed five goals in one single league match disputed at the Riazor during this century (the others were a 1-5 loss Vs. Valencia CF in 2004 and a 4-5 defeat Vs. Barcelona FC in 2012)

Good news for the strongest zone at Depor’s squad as both Pablo Insua and Carlos Marchena are back into contention. The case of the 20-year-old defender is a ‘little miracle’ as he was ruled out for four weeks due to a muscle strain and in the end he only missed one game. The Galician defender has been a key player on this season, only missing three games (the other two due to suspension) and being the pillar at the centre of the defense.

To the point that coach Fernando Vázquez is sitting one of the two veterans at that position in order to open a room for this young player, surely the one with the bigger projection at Depor’s first team. The coach has even opted in switching into the system with three centre-backs within the last games, though for this meeting it’s expected he will present a 4-3-3 figure. A system he trained on Saturday’s morning.

German Lux is the starting keeper. Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ covers the right side of the defense, Diego Seoane stays on the left. Marchena is recovered from the ankle problem that sidelined him from the previous game in Madrid, but he will be on the bench as Albert Lopo is the one that joins Insua at the centre of the defense.

One of the main inquires during the week was to know who was going to play at midfield. In the end the coach is choosing two alternatives as Bryan Rabello and Juan Carlos Real are delaying their position on the pitch in order to join Juan Dominguez in the pivote positions.

Juan Carlos

Ibrahim Sissoko will perform on the right wing, while Luisinho will stay at the left flank. Finally, Borja Bastón is the central attacker. It isn’t a good moment for the top-scorer at the team; and it’s that the Madrilenian attacker has only scored once in 2014 and has barely played recently; actually since February he was a starter in only four opportunities.

Centre midfielder Álex Bergantiños, winger Diogo Salomão and striker Toché are the three players staying at the injury room, while Polish midfielder Cezary Wilk is out suspended with five yellow cards.

Despite being the current leader, Depor continue to be criticized for tis player style. But the players seems to be careless with the issue; Juan Dominguez was very clear when he was asked, "The important thing is the three points. The fans prefer to add the three points and celebrate the promotion soon; to play attractive football is secondary."

It was the same opinion of Lopo, ”We always want more; hopefully we could have an advantage of 30 points over the second place and we could be playing like a phenomenon, but the league is really equal, everything is tight and the results prevail over the pretty game. We are the first place and must continue like this.”

List of picked players (18): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Luisinho, Seoane, Lopo, Marchena Insua (defenders); Juan Dominguez, Núñez, Juan Carlos, Sissoko, Rabello (midfielders); Luis Fernández, Arizmendi, Borja Bastón & Ifrán (attackers).

It can be say that Deportivo and Recreativo de Huelva are living similar paths on this season, at least related to the view of the fans. Despite being the leaders,  Depor and Fernando Vázquez have been highly criticized due to their playing style, frequently referred as “boring” and the same  happens with El Decano and coach Sergi Barjuan despite being currently the third place at the standings.

It’s true that the season of Recreativo can be labeled as ‘outstanding’ in the sense they are fighting for the direct promotion despite the endless financial problems: they only have the 11th highest budget on the Segunda season (€4.71 million) and they are dragging unpaid wages with some former players that could lead to a demand before the Players’ Association, besides in recent days the players at the squad have confirmed a delay in the payment of their wages.

Still, the fans have been hammering Sergi after the team wasted a six-point advantage at the beginning of the season. The Catalan man has been accused of being “too conservative” and for making too many changes at the lineup, so there’s pessimism among the fans regarding a possible participation in the playoffs. The situation reached the point that the team was whistled at the Nuevo Colombino stadium during the last game against SD Ponferradina, and that taking in mind they won the match (1-0).

After the game Sergi defended himself before the criticism, ”The fans are free to do whatever they want. There are moments in which they are also cheering up. We can only talk over the grass. I can only ask them to come to the stadium and support us; we need to be united, because Segunda isn’t as easy as some people think. We have won the game.  In other games we have played better and ended losing.”

Centre-back Jorge Morcillo also talked of the issue, ”It’s hard to explain the restlessness that can be perceived among the fans.  Maybe people aren’t entirely satisfied, but we’re the third best team and there are enough motives to believe and cheer up. The fans must support us in these games, especially with the team playing at home.”

This is how Recreativo de Huelva is arriving to the Riazor: questioned, but knowing this is an important match, a direct meeting that could pull the team into the fight for direct promotion. The good news for Sergi is that he’s recovering two important players that were out suspended: centre-back Juan Antonio Zamora and centre midfielder Ángel Montoro.

It’s expected a 4-4-2 formation, with Jesús Cabrera defending the goal, veteran Daniel Cifuentes was surprisingly left out of the game after been a starter within the last four meetings, so Fernando Vega covers the right-back position, while ex-Villarreal Antonio García ‘Toño’ performs on the left.

The centre backs are Morcillo and Zamora. Morcillo is one of the two defenders at Segunda División that have scored five goals on this season, to notice that four of those goals came within his last nine appearances (two from the penalty spot).

At midfield, ex-Depor Jesús Vázquez was a fixed starter throughout the season, but within the last two games he was on the bench. Now it’s expected that the two centre midfielders will be Montoro and former Barcelona B Dimas Delgado.

Joselu Moreno attacks from the right wing, ex-Valladolid Álvaro Antón does it from the left flank, while ex-Celta Jorge Larena plays behind central attacker Miguel Linares. Ex-Elche Linares is the top-scorer at the squad with ten goals netted on the Segunda tournament, however he has only scored once in the second round (matchday 28 Vs. Real Zaragoza).

Midfielder Dimas was emphasizing the importance of the game, ”We must keep dreaming, it’s a good moment. We are in a superb moment, with direct meetings against the first two places and must face it with hope. Why can’t we win? It’s a big stadium and they will give us the ball possession, we can make our game and they could suffer. We must be highly focused, because if we lose the possession they can harm you. It will be a similar game to the one played here and we can harm them. It’s a really important game; we can cut the distance to three points and must assume it as a game that can mark the upcoming matchdays.”

List of picked players (18): Cabrero, Luisma (goalkeepers); Córcoles, Fernando Vega, Zamora, Toño, Menosse, Morcillo (defenders); Dimas, Montoro, Ezequiel, Larena, Manuel Arana, Jesús Vázquez, Álvaro Antón (midfielders); Joselu, Linares & Aloys Nong (attackers)

Deportivo: (4-3-3) Lux – Laure, Lopo, Insua, Seoane – Rabello, Juan Domínguez, Juan Carlos – Sissoko, Borja Bastón, Luisinho.
Recreativo: (4-4-2) Jesús Cabrero - Vega, Morcillo, Zamora, Toño - Joselu, Montoro, Dimas, Antón - Jorge Larena, Linares
Referee: David Medié Jiménez
Kick-off: 12h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Recreativo: 14 wins for Depor, 8 draws, 15 wins for Recreativo (Primera & Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 11 wins for Depor, 3 draws, 4 wins for Recreativo (Primera & Segunda)



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