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IMPORTANT GAME IN PAMPLONA

24 Nov 2006
Revolution. That's the key word in the mouth of the coaches in Osasuna and Deportivo. Caparr??s is planning four changes to the squad that lost the derby match with Celta. Meanwhile, Ziganda is also preparing four modifications to the team that was defeated by Recreativo. The objective of all this changes is simple: to see a reaction.

Coach Joaqu?­n Caparr??s has been testing the lineup that he will present in Pamplona for this Sunday's clash. The Sevillan is wishing to achieve his first away victory on this season, but it seems that he is more concern about the defensive tasks. The four modifications that he is preparing are related to this issue. The first change is obligated since Lopo is suspended for the game, his place on the centre of the defence will be covered by Alvaro Arbeloa.

The Madrilian has performed as right back during the last two liga matches, and now he will return to cover the hole in the centre, this time alongside Juanma. The spot left on the right will be covered with Manuel Pablo, the Canarian would play his first match as starter on the present campaign. Meanwhile Capdevila will continue on the left side.

The second change is located in midfield. Coloccini will be benched and his place would be for Juan Rodr?­guez. It seems that Caparr??s is trying to play with a couple capable of giving more movement to the sector. The ex-M??laga player and Sergio are the choices that have been selected.

The other two changes are for the wingers position. Arizmendi continues to suffer of muscular problems and it seems that Antonio Barrag??n will replace him. The youngster already played as a right wing back during a couple of friendly matches. The other player that will return to the starting eleven is Filipe Luis, the Brazilian would replace Cristian on the left wing. This two modifications could be the result of a defensive strategy in order to face the presence of Valdo and David L??pez on the same sector. Upfront, Caparr??s will continue to trust in Joan Verd??, while Riki will be the striker.

One of the players that would be affected with this changes is Cristian Hidalgo, the Catalan winger said yesterday that he doesn't share the opinion that Depor is living in the middle of a crisis: "I heard some people talking about the existence of a crisis. But that only happens to some governments... Personally, I am tired of all this. When we reach our first away win, I hope that the people will stop talking about this issue."

OSASUNA: RAUL GARCIA OUT, SOLDADO IN
Osasuna is living a very complicate situation, with three consecutive defeats, the Basque club is living in the relegation zone and the coach Jos?© ?ngel Ziganda has been criticised for the poor performance of his team. For that reason he is planning a little 'revolution' in the starting lineup.

The first two changes will occur in defence, Ziganda has to replace central defender Carlos Cu?©llar for injury reasons (knee). The alternative that has been chosen is C?©sar Cruchaga, while Enrique Corrales will return in order to replace Monreal. In this way the defensive line will see the couple Cruchaga-Josetxo on the centre, Corrales will perform on the left side and Javier Fla?±o will play on the right.

Other change has been prepared in midfield. Ziganda isn't happy with the work of Raul Garc?­a in the pivote functions, for that reason he will replace him with Javad Nekounam, the Iran player will perform alongside Pu?±al in that sector. Finally, Hector Font will be left out in order to make some room for Roberto Soldado. The Madrilian will conform a dangerous duo with Milosevic upfront. Another thing that would give headaches to Depor's defenders are the wingers, David L??pez and Valdo would perform there. Both players are very talented and Caparr??s is worried about them, a fact demonstrated with the presence of Barrag??n and Filipe in his starting eleven.

The bad moment lived by Osasuna is a thing that surprises Javad Nekounam, the midfielder said to the media that he has already passed trough a similar situation: "I am surprised with the current situation of the team, but this is only a bad moment and it's a thing that can happen to any rival. I lived a similar situation in Iran, we won the championship and on the following year, the things went wrong."


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