Squad news


21 Feb 2008
According to what has been saw during the last two days, Lotina is doubtful between a 5-3-1-1 or a 5-2-2-1 figure for Sunday's clash against Espanyol. Wilhelmsson and Mun??a are the two main novelties compared to the squad that lost in Huelva, while Lotina still has to decide who will play on the left wing and who will start up front.

Coach Miguel Angel Lotina wants a reaction after the step-down in Huelva, the first two 'revulsives' he's introducing in the squad are Gustavo Mun??a and Christian Wilhelmsson. The Uruguayan keeper would replace Fabricio while the Swedish winger will probably take the place of Juan Rodr?­guez on the right wing. The position of Wilhelmsson isn't sure yet since Lotina tested a formation with the ex-Bolton occupying a place in the left wing.

The two doubts for Lotina are related to the left wing and also to the striking zone. The Basque trainer has tested with Angel Lafita and Juan Carlos Valer??n on the left, while the same doubt of the past weekend continues to pass through Lotina's mind: who should play up front, Xisco or Rodolfo Bodipo?. Both options were tested during Thursday's training at the Riazor.

Lotina also seems doubtful between a 5-3-1-1 or a 5-2-2-1 figure for the game with Espanyol. The first system means to have a playmaker acting almost like a second striker, a role that could be for Valer??n, while the second figure is exactly the same one that defeated Valladolid three weeks ago: two playmakers playing towards the wings. There's an additional modification in midfield, Antonio Tom??s has been facing muscular problems during the week and his place alongside De Guzm??n has been taken by Sergio. The Catalan might face his ex-team if the Cantabrian isn't fit to play on Sunday.

And there's a slightly modification in the line of five defenders, because Alberto Lopo will perform in the middle of Pablo Amo and Coloccini. Since Lotina changed the system to the one conformed by five defenders, Pablo Amo has always assumed this function, but on the past Sunday against Recreativo, Lopo exchanged his place with Amo during the second half due to his muscular problems, apparently in this way Lopo won't have to run so much. Finally, the line-up is completed with Manuel Pablo performing at the right-back and Filipe on the left.

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