Squad news


11 Aug 2008
Deportivo resumed the trainings on Monday’s morning. The only casualties were Pablo Amo and Antonio Tom??s who still injured. After the first training session ended, coach Miguel Angel Lotina talked in the press room and analysed several things about his squad, including the line-up for the game against Hajduk Split.

Firstly, the Basque coach already appoints to Albert Lopo as the new leader of Deportivo "I am seeing Lopo quite recovered, doing things that last season was tending to do, and that’s great news because I hope he will take the place of Coloccini in the field and in the changing room, occupying the vacuum left by Colo. I think he’s able to do it. I am confident that it will happen like that.?

About the arrival of a new central defender that will replace Coloccini, Lotina confirmed that he already saw some videos of Colotto although he isn’t too much worried about this matter ?I have saw Colotto and ten more. There are no negotiations yet. We know what we want and we have enough time. It’s true that we have necessities, but we are calmed in order to face the UEFA series.?

The ex-Real Sociedad trainer commented that he isn’t worried about the possible departure of Angel Lafita, because he feels the winger will stay at the club ?I am convinced that Lafita will stay on here, I don’t think they will do that trick on us, if they would be thinking on that, they would do it one day after Depor deposited the money.?

About the tour in Venezuela, Lotina commented that Depor faced some problems, but that he was content with the results ?We knew that when a tour of these characteristics is made, some difficulties arise. So before traveling, we send Eduardo Dominguez and that’s why we avoided the setbacks. I think that Maritimo Funchal, for example, had many more problems. We were lucky with the heat and the working conditions, except the last day, when we were not able to train well, and we played a very demanding match. If you see everything negative for the problems faced ... The group resolved these problems thanks to its positivism.?

The tour was helpful in order to know the conditions in which the new signings arrived, as the coach commented: ?I still thinking Aranzubia possess a great potential and Z? Castro has the qualities to move the ball as you can’t find in other central defenders. Besides I saw he has the potential to shot from mid and long-distance, the only thing we must watch on him is that, he’s coming from a club in which the problems are solved in an individual way, while here we solve them in a collective sense.?

About the conclusions on Mista and Omar Bravo, Lotina commented: ?Mista has spent two years without too much participation and we knew it wouldn’t be enough to say to him that we count with him. He needs to gain pace and it will be hard. Omar Bravo has positive things, but sometimes it seems he’s missing some strength, because he wants to help too much. But he works and has the ability to shot on goal, with both foot and also with the head.?

About the upcoming game against Hajduk Split, the Me?aka-born trainer confessed he still missing information about the Croatian squad ?For now I do not have too much data, but I can say is the most complicate team we could have faced. Hajduk is a historic club that has done important things in Europe and we have heard some things about them, it belongs to one of the strongest leagues for this draw and it’s participating in a country that has just played the last EURO. These are enough motives to be worried, but also confident, because, no matter is a good team, I want to continue in this competition, and if we are unable to defeat Hajduk, then we are incapable of doing something good in the UEFA. You don’t go to Europe on tourism, that’s clear.?

Lotina gave also some hints about the squad he will use against Hajduk Split ?I have clear in my mind the line-up we will use, although I’m counting with some changes for la liga because I’m waiting for important players like De Guzm??n and Xisco, who are progressing at a different pace. We are waiting to hire a new central defender, but Piscu will play against the Croatians. He is in a great level and I trust in him. About Guardado, he was important during the past season, but this year he’s better. He’s a different player, very complete and he’s earning a place in the squad.?

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