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THINKING OF VALLADOLID: CHANGING THE SYSTEM

24 Jan 2008
Coach Lotina already confessed that he's planning to make a big change in the line-up for the home match against Valladolid. The pillar of this new system is to play with three central defenders, the Basque coach already started to test the alternatives for the game.

The game against Real Valladolid (Sunday, 17h00) is considered as a final and will be probably be the last one for Miguel Angel Lotina if his team isn't able to add the three points. And the main weapon that he wants to use is a change in the system, as the Me?±aka-born trainer explained before: "In several occasions, a change in the system is joined by a change in the mentality and we will try to turn up the things without been necessarily changing the coach."

Lotina also explained the characteristics of the 5-2-2-1 figure that he had in mind for this important occasion: "My idea is to place three central defenders, two side-defenders, two midfielders, two playmakers and one man up front." declarations he gave to Depor Sport on Tuesday.

And the squad has been testing this new ideas during Wednesday and Thursday's training sessions. On Thursday's morning, the squad was composed by Fabricio in the goalkeeping position, the line of five defenders was for Coloccini, Pablo Amo and Lopo in the central positions, Manuel Pablo at the right-back and Filipe Luis on the left. The two midfielders tested were Antonio Tom??s and Sergio, the two playmakers were Andr?©s Guardado and Juan Rodr?­guez, while the lonely striker was Xisco.

And in the session that took place in the afternoon, three changes were noticed: first the entrance of youngster Adri??n L??pez 'Piscu' for Pablo Amo in the centre of the defence. Secondly, the presence of Julian De Guzm??n in the place of Sergio in midfield, and the last modification was Joan Verd?? alongside Guardado as the couple of playmakers. The Catalan replaced Juan Rodr?­guez.

Valer??n has been training with the group, but it isn't expected to see his name on the list of called players for the match. The only two injury worries are Cristian (knee) and Bodipo (Lumbalgia), both of them didn't train on Thursday's session and they will be probably be sidelined for Sunday's match.


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