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THINKING OF ATHLETIC

20 Nov 2008
Lotina is forced to make a modification at Depor’s defensive sector since Lopo is suspended for Sunday’s game against Athletic Bilbao. There are also the doubts of Riki, who didn’t end Thursday’s training, and Guardado, player that performed with Mexico on Wednesday. Meanwhile Caparr??s is recovering central defender Fernando Amorebieta for the game.

On Thursday, coach Miguel Angel Lotina started to prepare the squad that will face Athletic Bilbao at the Riazor (Sunday 21h00). He tested a similar squad to the one that has played the last three games in liga. It was a 3-5-2 lineup in which the novelty was to see Adri??n L??pez â€?Piscuâ€? playing alongside Z?© Castro at the centre of the defence. Albert Lopo is suspended after picking his fifth yellow card of the season against Atl?©tico Madrid and Piscu is disputing the place with Diego Colotto.

Meanwhile Manuel Pablo kept his place at the right-back position and Filipe Luis did the same on the left sector. In midfield Sergio and Juan Rodr?­guez were the couple tested by Lotina. Angel Lafita covered the right wing. Andr?©s Guardado and Omar Bravo didn’t took part of the session since they were still traveling from Mexico after playing in the 0-1 defeat against Honduras. Guardado played the fully match, while Bravo just the final eight minutes.

In order to cover the absence of Guardado, Lotina tested with Cristian on the left wing. It isn’t known yet if the Basque coach will reserve the Mexican for the UEFA clash with Feyenoord Rotterdam. The game against Honduras was very physical and it was played in tough conditions (it was raining throughout the match), meaning that Lotina will wait until Saturday in order to take a decision.

Other doubt is who will play in attack. Riki didn’t end the training session since he was suffering a possible tendonitis on his right knee, therefore the position was for Rodolfo Bodipo. The doctors will make further scans during the next hours in order to evalue the situation of the Madrilenian attacker. What seems clear is that Joan Verd?? will continue performing in the playmaking function.

At Athletic, coach Joaqu?­n Caparr??s is recovering central defender Fernando Amorebieta after surpassing a muscular injury. He is the only expected change in the formation that will play at the Riazor compared to the squad that defeated Osasuna on the past weekend. The modification is caused because Ustaritz Aldekoatalora didn’t end the game against the Navarrans due to an abductor injury 

The squad that Caparr??s tested on Thursday’s training was: Iraizoz - Iraola, Ocio, Amorebieta, Balenziaga - Susaeta, Orbaiz - Javi Mart?­nez, David L??pez; Garmendia – Ion Velez. The presence of Velez in attack was caused by the absence of Fernando Llorente, striker that debuted with Spain’s national squad on Wednesday (3-0 win over Chile). However, it is expected that Llorente will be the starting choice at the Riazor.

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