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THINKING OF MALLORCA

05 Feb 2009
Lotina will keep using a 4-3-2-1 system, though the Basque coach hasn’t decided yet if he will fulfill any modification. The only thing sure is that Omar Bravo won’t be part of the game, this because he is joining Mexico ahead of the World Cup qualifying game against USA

Deportivo’s squad trained on Wednesday and Thursday but Lotina didn’t give too many clues about the squad that will play on Sunday at the Ono Stadi (17h00 CET). Therefore it should be expected that he will repeat the same line-up that defeated Villarreal at the Riazor (3-0).

This means Dani Aranzubia at the goal, Manuel Pablo at the right-back position, Filipe on the left, Lopo and Z?© Castro at the centre, De Guzm??n, Antonio Tom??s and Joan Verd?? in midfield, Riki in attack and the couple Lafita-Valer??n in the two playmaking functions. A stat for the game is that El Flaco will fulfill 300 matches at Primera Divisi??n.

It should be remained too that some players are not at a 100% level, that’s the case of Manuel Pablo (knee), Lafita (muscular problem) and Aranzubia (back) who are doubts for Sunday. Anyhow the coach will wait until Saturday in order to decide if they will be starters or not.

But on Thursday the main novelty was out of the pitch, because it was informed that Omar Bravo will not be part of the list of picked men for the encounter. The Mexican attacker is traveling today to his country in order to join his national squad ahead of next Wednesday’s clash against the United States, it’s the first game in the last qualifying round for the FIFA World Cup 2010. Canaldeportivo.com informed that this decision was taken as a personal agreement between the striker and Lotina. His place will surely be taken by Mista, who already surpassed his abductor injury.

The question that still remains is if Fabril’s Lassad Nouioui will be called for the second time, this taking in mind that Bodipo is out of action. The final decision will depend on if Lotina will only travel with two strikers to Majorca or if instead he will pick a third attacker on his list.

At Mallorca, coach Gregorio Manzano was giving the priority to the liga game with Depor instead of the Copa semifinal first-leg against Barcelona FC, at least it was what the coach said on Wednesday, â€?The Copa is the dessert and la liga is the meal. I would love to arrive to the second-leg with options, but on Sunday the final is against Deportivo La Coru?±a.â€?

For this reason, he sent a squad full of novelties for Thursday’s match against the Catalans: Lux - Scaloni, Josemi, Nunes, Ayoze - Castro, Mario, Cleber, Corrales– Web??, Trejo. Of this list, only Lionel Scaloni, Enrique Corrales and Jos?© Carlos de Araujo â€?Nunesâ€? have real options to be starters against Deportivo. The bet was not worthy as Mallorca lost the game with a 0-2 score, now they need a 3-0 for next Wednesday’s second-leg.

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