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30 Aug 2008
Lotina and Schuster talked before the confrontation at the Riazor. Both coaches know the game will be difficult for both sides. Lotina announced he will use a formation with four defenders tough he didn’t give too much clues. Meanwhile Schuster was more busy answering inquiries about Robinho and appointed he want to break the curse at the Riazor.

The season 2008/2009 starts with Lotina as one of the most experienced coaches at Primera Divisi??n. The game against Real Madrid means his 292nd coaching in the elite. Meanwhile Schuster is ready to live his game No. 149 in Primera. It’s the eighth confrontation between these two coaches, Lotina just won three of them, including the previous game between these two teams at the Riazor (1-0 win for Depor). The other five matches were won by Schuster.

Deportivo’s coach attended to Abegondo’s press room after the last training and appointed that Depor will meet a tough opponent �Tomorrow we play against a big and tremendous rival, with a lot of individual quality, with some great concepts of football and very talented. Madrid is difficult during any time of the season. If we want to win, we have to do things very well. It is not the typical rival, rather is a squad that tries to pass the ball, to move it through the centre and by the sides, always trying to leave one man alone against the keeper… is not Liverpool but it is a great team. We have to play as a team, very organised and with clear ideas, our qualities must appear.�

Lotina didn’t want to talk about names, but he assured that his team will play with a line of four defenders �We won’t repeat the squad, I must give rest to the people. There are some men who aren’t playing but are working really well and for that reason they need minutes. Others are just simply switching their position. I haven’t counted, but at least I am making four or five changes, that’s for sure.�

The Basque trainer commented also the situation of Piscu and Lafita �He (Piscu) has improved during today’s training, he doesn’t have any injury but his knee has suffered. In any case we gave the warning that Juanan shouldn’t play more than 45 minutes with the B squad, therefore we will have the chance to call him in case that Piscu is not ready. I didn’t call Lafita tough he was motivated. I was also operated from Appendicitis and I know you could be motivated. But with just two training, I couldn’t left out the others.� Finally, Lotina responded in an enigmatic way when he was asked about new incorporations �I am waiting for new signings during Monday.�

Before the trip to La Coru?±a, Schuster gave a press conference in order to talk about the match. Real Madrid’s coach had more questions about the situation with Robinho compared to the inquiries related to the confrontation with Deportivo. He was asked several times about the case with the Brazilian and Schuster explained why he was left out of the game â€?I was the one that took the decision, this in order to solve his situation. We will see what happens after his return from Brazil’s national team.â€?

About Depor, Schuster said he’s happy to face a motivated opponent �I am glad they achieved the pass in the UEFA cup. I like to face a rival living its best moment. It’s better for your motivation, because you aren’t relaxed for this reason. That’s why I want a strong Depor, a team that will be supported by its fans. They have spent more than 17 years without losing against real Madrid and that’s why I prefer that situation.�

Finally, the German trainer gave his opinion about the �curse’ lived by Real Madrid at the Riazor �It’s a stimulus for us. Real Madrid is forced to win no matter what’s the name of the rival. It’s a way to motivate the players. Last year this happened at Barcelona and Pamplona. It’s an important trip for us. We want to break the line of not achieving a win at the Riazor.�

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