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REACTIONS TO THE DEFEAT IN LIGA

REACTIONS TO THE DEFEAT IN LIGA

11 May 2008
The general sensation was that Deportivo deserved at least a draw in the game. Lotina was happy with the defensive work although he emphasised the lack of opportunities to score. Meanwhile players like Lafita even appointed that Atl?©tico Madrid was lucky enough to score the goal before half-time.

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THINKING OF ATLETICO

THINKING OF ATLETICO

09 May 2008
The main news at Deportivo is that Xisco will probably return to the starting eleven after resting for the clash against Levante. Meanwhile Valer??n has been discarded for the match at the Vicente Calder??n due to a muscular problem. At Atl?©tico Madrid, Perea is suspended while Simao might return to the starting eleven after surpassing an injury.

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LOTINA VS. AGUIRRE

LOTINA VS. AGUIRRE

09 May 2008
It's the eleventh confrontation between Lotina and Javier Aguirre in la liga. Both coaches revealed their strategy for the match. Lotina explained why he's playing with Juan Rodr?­guez in the starting squad, while Aguirre confessed that Simao won't be a starter.

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PREVIEW: ATLETICO MADRID - DEPORTIVO (LIGA, SUNDAY 21h00)

PREVIEW: ATLETICO MADRID - DEPORTIVO (LIGA, SUNDAY 21h00)

09 May 2008
Deportivo tries to secure the Intertoto spot and at the same time, to increase its chances for a direct qualification to the UEFA. Lotina is trusting in the return of Xisco, while Juan Rodr?­guez is replacing Lafita. Meanwhile, Atl?©tico Madrid searches to secure the last Champions League place. Javier Aguirre is trusting in his deadly duo: Forl??n-Aguero.

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REVIEW: ATLETICO MADRID 1 - DEPORTIVO 0 (LIGA)

REVIEW: ATLETICO MADRID 1 - DEPORTIVO 0 (LIGA)

09 May 2008
An unlucky Deportivo wasn't able to bring something positive from Madrid. Lotina's defensive scheme was useful to stop the offensive power of the locals, but a last-minute goal in the first half ended the hopes of the Galicians. Later, in the second half, Lotina lasted to much to make the changes and although Lafita and Riki had their opportunities, the score didn't change. Now the only window for Depor in order to play in Europe is the Intertoto.

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WHAT THE PAPERS WROTE : DEPORTIVO VS LEVANTE

WHAT THE PAPERS WROTE : DEPORTIVO VS LEVANTE

08 May 2008
The game at the Riazor seemed to be a story from a comic book. It had its heroes (Valeron and Riki), a villain (Bodipo), a victim (Levante's players) and even an unprecedented protest by the visitors when the game was starting. Precisely, it was the main fact calling the attention of the papers .

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MATCHDAY 36: ONE STEP CLOSER TO INTERTOTO

MATCHDAY 36: ONE STEP CLOSER TO INTERTOTO

08 May 2008
Deportivo only needs one win in la liga in order to clinch the Intertoto spot, the fight for the UEFA zone is more complicated, because Lotina's squad needs a series of results in order to end sixth in the table, everything could be decided during the weekend.

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REACTIONS TO THE SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN AT HOME

REACTIONS TO THE SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN AT HOME

07 May 2008
Lotina and his players weren't convinced about the performance of the squad, but they emphasised the importance of the three points. Meanwhile, Bodipo was asking for mercy for his errors on the pitch. In Levante, all the comments were related to the problems at the club.

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PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO - LEVANTE (LA LIGA, 20h00)

PREVIEW: DEPORTIVO - LEVANTE (LA LIGA, 20h00)

06 May 2008
The last place in la liga visits the Riazor, it does it with several internal problems and with a team full of inexperience. Only four players in the Valencian starting team accumulates more than 50 games in Primera. Meanwhile, Depor targets the Intertoto and the UEFA zone. For this, Lotina keeps the 5-2-2-1 system with the appearance of Piscu for Lopo and the return of Lafita. Also, Xisco has been rested and his place is between Taborda and Bodipo.

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