Squad news


20 Sep 2010
Depor and Getafe are trying to confirm themselves as candidates for the European positions, but both sides arrive to the game with doubt in their lineups. Lotina doesn’t know who is going to be the playmaker, while Michel has problems with the wingers.

The last two clean sheets can’t hide Depor’s reality: the team has missed to score a goal within the last three matchdays (including the last one of the previous campaign). Actually, Lotina’s Deportivo is the only Primera club that hasn’t scored a goal since matchday 37 of the 2009/10 campaign. Therefore, it isn’t surprising to realize that the Galicians remain as the worst scorer in the year 2010 with only 16 goals conquered in 25 liga matches.

And in this occasion Deportivo is facing a rival that has been raising since the middle of the past season, and it’s that Getafe was the sixth best team in last season’s second round with 28 points added in 19 games. It was enough to clinch a spot in the current UEFA Europa League, and the Madrilenian team has continued with the momentum as they accumulate one win at Primera and another in Europe after the first three official matches.

But Getafe has only defeated Depor twice after twelve meetings at Primera División, and last season’s win at the Riazor was just their first triumph in La Coruña, but it must be reminded that Deportivo hasn’t been able to defeat Getafe within the last three liga games played at home: 1-1 on the seasons 2007/08 & 2008/09 and 1-3 on the campaign 2009/10.

Once again coach Miguel Angel Lotina is having big doubts on who should perform on the playmaking function. On Sunday he didn’t confirm the name of the player that will cover the function, and actually he left more doubts as he said that he might even switch the system from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2. Which means  that there are three players disputing one position at the starting eleven: Michel, Yves Desmarets and Lassad Nouioui.

Michel was the starting keeper in the opening matchday against Zaragoza, while Desmarets covered the position in the second game with Sevilla; in that same meeting Lassad entered to cover the spot, but the appearance of the Tunisian attacker at the starting eleven is more related to a 4-4-2 scheme rather than the typical 4-2-3-1 emphasized by the presence of a playmaker.

The rest of the team seems pretty clear, starting with the defensive line, which should be the same one used to clinch two straight clean sheets. Manuel Fernandez ‘Manu’  will be the starting keeper; during the week it was speculated that Aranzubia was going to return in this game, but Lotina decided to wait a little longer. For this reason Felipe Ramos was picked as the second keeper, this no matter he already played on Saturday with Fabril (committing a huge error that cost the game to his team, 2-3 Vs Badajoz).

The defensive line will continue to see Manuel Pablo on the right-back position, Albert Lopo and Diego Colotto will be the central defenders, while Paraguayan Claudio Morel will continue on the left sector. All appoints that Ruben Pérez will continue at midfield after making a solid presentation at the Sánchez Pizjuán, the Andalusian should be joining Antonio Tomás for the two pivote functions.

Andrés Guardado should be the starting left winger, but Lotina wants to be sure with him after the Mexican suffered a thigh problem during the week, that´s why the ex-Atlas will pass a late test on Monday’s morning in order to avoid any surprise; meanwhile Jonathan Urreta will continue on the right wing and Adrian will try to break once ad for all the curse of Depor against the opposite goal.

Juan Dominguez is the only player staying at the injury room, and for the second straight time Lotina has discarded the same five men due to technical reasons: Valerón, Saúl, Rindarøy, Pablo Alvarez and Ze Castro. It should be reminded that Depor is facing three games in a matter of six days, therefore it isn’t surprising as the five of them may join the team for the matches against Villarreal and Almeria.

Colotto was remembering last season’s defeat at the Riazor against Getafe, which was the first triumph of the Madrilenians in La Coruña, "Last year they won fairly on here and we have that thorn for not making the right things, now we want to change the picture. But when we played at Getafe the team won fairly 0-2; the key is that the rival leaves spaces since it tries to play in offense, and they can suffer if we know where to play. When they lose the ball then you can find a slot at their defence.”

Meanwhile, Michelis hoping to complete for the first time the full ninety minutes at the Riazor, “I am wishing to complete my first match at the Riazor. During the Teresa Herrera and against Zaragoza I wasn’t able to complete the game and let’s hope that this time I will be a starter. The important thing for me is to hear the final whistle and later see me on the pitch.” 

List of picked players (19): Manu, Felipe Ramos (goalkeepers); Laure, Aythami, Lopo, Manuel Pablo, Colotto, Morel (defenders); Antonio Tomás, Juca, Rubén Pérez, Guardado, Juan Rodríguez, Desmarets, Michel, Urreta (midfielders); Adrián, Lassad and Riki (strikers).

The Madrilenian team is having a nice start of season in both la liga and the UEFA Europa League, and it’s that Getafe is the second best scorer in Spain with seven goals in three official games, only surpassed by Valencia with eight. However it seems that this is a big test for its striking line, not only for been facing the only team in la liga that hasn’t allowed a goal yet (Real Madrid allowed its first goal on Saturday), but also because it’s missing key pieces on both wings.

The main casualty is left-winger Jaime Gavilán, who is the top scorer of the team with two goals scored and that’s missing the game after sustaining a muscular problem in the Europa League clash with Odense, while right winger Juan Angel Albín is out from the list despite he already surpassed an adductor problem.

At least coach Michel has no problems with his quartet of strikers: Javier Arizmendi, Adrian Colunga, Manu Del Moral and Miku. Ex-Depor Arizmendi is on fire as he has scored a goal in the last two official games, while Colunga is coming after scoring his first goal with Getafe during the past weekend. Manu is returning after surpassing an Achilles problem, and Venezuelan Miku can’t be forgotten as he scored twice against Depor on the last visit to La Coruña.
For the meeting at the Riazor, Michel is switching to a 4-4-2 figure, this in order to cover the problems on the wings and at the same time capitalise the good moment lived by his strikers Arizmendi and Colunga. At defence there’s only one change as central defender Rafael López ´Rafa’ is injured, therefore ex-Villarreal Iván Marcano is entering in order to join Daniel ‘Cata’ Diaz at the centre. Oscar Ustari will remain at the goal, ex-Real Madrid Miguel Torres will play on the right-back position and  José Manuel Jiménez ‘Mane’ will continue on the left sector.

Ghanaian Derek Boateng and Javier Casquero will cover midfield territory, ex-Xérez Pedro Rios and ex-Real Madrid Castilla Daniel Parejo will try to cover the absences of the wingers as they will perform towards the sides, finally Arizmendi and Colunga will compose the striking couple.

Arizmendi is returning to the Riazor and said that he is happy to meet again his former club, ”It’s always special to me. I keep good memories of the years I spent there, at both levels, personal and professional. I feel love for the club and the city. It’s always nice to meet old friends and hope for the day to face Deportivo. I saw their game against Sevilla; it’s tough to score against them and have had the same coach within the last four seasons, and that’s always positive.”

Meanwhile, Galician playmaker Pedro Mosquera, who was a starter against Levante, was explaining the goals of Getafe for the present season, “We don’t have a clear goal; we know that to end sixth again will be very difficult, and just want to go step by step. We always want the three points, but don’t know what will happen as we are facing three competitions. Right now is difficult to say if we are going to fight for the same goals, but clearly can’t be content with just achieving the permanence at Primera.”

List of picked players (18): Ustari, Codina (goalkeepers); Cata Díaz, Mané, Mario, Marcano, Miguel Torres (defenders); Borja Fernández, Parejo, Pedro Ríos, Víctor Sánchez, Boateng, Mosquera, Casquero (midfielders); Miku, Colunga, Manu and Arizmendi (strikers).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2) Manu - Manuel Pablo, Colotto, Lopo, Morel - Antonio Tomás, Rubén Pérez - Urreta, Míchel or Lassad or Desmarets, Guardado - Adrián.
Getafe: (4-4-2) Ustari - Miguel Torres, Cata Díaz, Marcano, Mané - Pedro Ríos, Boateng, Casquero, Parejo – Arizmendi, Colunga.
Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
Kick-off: 21h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs Getafe:  > 6 wins for Depor, 4 draws, 2 wins for Getafe (Primera)
Record at the Riazor: 3 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 1 win for Getafe (Primera)



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