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10 Jan 2010
Third meeting between Lotina and Camacho; Depor’s coach wants to see his team following the line shown in Valencia, while Osasuna’s manager asks to his players to be focused since the first minute.

José Antonio Camacho is a former player of Real Madrid that won several trophies in his career, including nine ligas. He retired after the season 1988/1989 and began to work as the coach of Rayo Vallecano, club that he promoted to Primera División. Then he worked for RCD Espanyol in two different moments and also at Sevilla FC, later he was the national coach of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2000. After failing there, he became the coach of Benfica in Portugal. In October of 2008 the Murcian manager was signed as the replacement of José Ángel Ziganda at Osasuna as he was fired after just six matchdays.

No matter the experience of these two coaches, Camacho and Miguel Angel Lotina have only met each other in two occasions playing for Primera División. The first one was during the season 1996/1997, Lotina was working with Logroñes and Camacho with Sevilla FC, the match was won by Lotina’s team with a 2-0 score (matchday 05).  Then, on the past season, Lotina’s Depor and Camacho’s Osasuna drew at the Riazor in a goalless match (matchday 23).

Deportivo’s coach gave a press conference after the last training of the Galician team; he didn’t’ want to give any hint of the starting eleven, though he said to have a clear idea about it, “I don’t have any doubt, everything is decided. But I haven’t told the players. They don’t know, not even Ribera knows my plans; only me.  We will talk tomorrow.”

Later he had a few words for David Añon, youngster picked for the first time at Depor’s first team, “Añon can play up front and also in the three attacking positions (playmaker, right and left winger) and I don’t know if he will be on the bench, but I want him to get used to travel with the team. We should feel satisfied, because there are youngsters that are growing fast and others that are yielding.”

The Basque manager also appointed to this match as an important confrontation for Deportivo, “This is a very important game, and I will like to see that everybody is focused. It is important for the standings and for the team, because we want to demonstrate that we can follow the line of Valencia.” He also said that he isn’t reserving anything for the Copa, because “right now we only think of la liga.”

Finally, Lotina didn’t give importance to the protests of both, Ze Castro and Bodipo, for not been entering into the plans lately, “Anybody could end out. You always notice a good match, but you don’t throw anybody out of the team just for one bad game. When somebody plays well is because you see that he is fine during the trainings. In all the teams there are unhappy players, some speak to the coach other say some things in public, but I am satisfied with their work. The only thing that worries me is the daily work. As long as they are working and without insulting anyone, there’s no problem.”

Osasuna’s coach gave a press conference on Saturday’s morning; he started warning about the potential of the rival, “You have to give the best in each game. Depor is adding a lot of points and their players know what they are doing. They know how to yield each goal. It is a team that, when it has the ball, it has players that know what to do with it.”

“If Depor is going to defeat us, it should be because they have worked a lot on the pitch and not because we were wrong. We are already warned in every aspect and there isn’t the chance that we will be caught by surprise.” He added.

The Murcian coach also said that the key to make a good game at the Riazor is to be focused since the beginning, “Before the games, I always see that my team is fine, the problems is when we go out thinking of other things. The players are constantly working; and when we go out plugged since the beginning, then we don’t give anything for free and aren’t an easy team for the rival.”

Finally, Camacho explained that it was difficult to train during the week due to the weather (snowing and cold temperature at Pamplona), “On this month it has been difficult to prepare the matches, but the players know what they must do on the pitch. What we do is to study the characteristics of the rival to do what is more convenient for us.”



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