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07 Feb 2006
Joaqu?­n Caparr??s will continue with his experiments, he will make at least four changes to the lineup that couldn't achieve the win against Valencia; meanwhile, Espanyol arrives at the match with the doubt of Ra??l Tamudo who is facing muscular problems.

The first change that Caparr??s will make is the introduction of Jorge Andrade in the defence. The Portuguese player completed yesterday's training and apparently he's ready to return. The idea of the Sevillan trainer is to present a defensive couple conformed of Andrade and Juanma while Fabricio Coloccini will advance his position to midfield.

The presence of the Argentinean defender as pivote was a choice proved during the copa confrontation against Valencia at the Mestalla. Caparr??s isn't happy lately with the performance of Sergio, and Coloccini is a more cautious option than De Guzm??n, an important alternative since Caparr??s doesn't like to take risks in the away matches, specially if the game is a semi-final.

The other two changes will occur in the striking zone, Caparr??s will introduce Rub?©n Castro as the second striker and Javier Arizmendi will be upfront. V?­ctor will continue on the right wing and Munitis on the left. Rub?©n was left out of the squad that lost with Valencia and now he will have the difficult mission of replacing Valer??n.

The Catalan club had to pass through the uncertainty of an election period. Yesterday the 10,000 socios of the club voted between the two official candidates: Daniel S??nchez Llibre (the current president) or Claudio Biern who represents the platform called â€?Nou Espanyol’. One of the promises of Biern was to sign former Spain's national coach Jos?© Antonio Camacho as the Sporting director and the return of Sergio to the Catalan squad, a possible signing for the next summer that he wants to fulfil.

For tomorrow's game coach Lotina will face the absence of Mauricio Pochettino who's injured while Lopo, Fredson and Juanfran are ready to return. The main doubt is the condition of Ra??l Tamudo, the marksman is suffering from muscular problems in his left foot and the doctor of Espanyol, Miquel Cervera confirmed the situation: "He could be ready for the match, but I see it as a difficult possibility. We can't discard him already, but when you see these things occurring to a player its better to step out and not to force him."

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