Squad news


10 Nov 2010
Lotina changes the entire lineup, but keeps the same system in the attempt to pass the round in Copa Del Rey. Only Colotto ‘survives’ compared to the squad that defeated Levante on the past weekend.

A fortnight ago Lotina’s Depor conquered a 1-1 draw at the Reyno de Navarra, a result that gives a small advantage to the Galicians as they only need a goalless draw to pass the round. Besides, history proves that this is a favorable scenario, because Deportivo has only lost five of the thirty-seven Copa series in which the team clinched a positive result in a first-leg played away from home, though three of those five eliminations occurred within the last twelve years.

The last time in which Depor was eliminated from Copa after picking a positive result in a first-leg played away from the Riazor occurred back on the season 2007/08; it was in the last-16 round and after picking a 1-1 draw at Montjuic against RCD Espanyol, in the returning-leg the score was also a 1-1 and Depor was thrown out of the competition thanks to a goal scored by Raúl Tamudo in the stoppage time.

In two previous occasions Depor was eliminated in a similar scenario by Atletico Madrid, firstly in the semifinals of the season 1998/99 after a goalless draw at the Calderón; in the second-leg the Madrilenians won 1-0 in La Coruña. Later, on the season 2003/04, Atletico did it again, this time in the fourth round of the competition. The first-leg in Madrid was another 0-0 match, and in the second the Madrilenians achieved a 1-1 score, which gave them the pass thanks to the away goals rule.

The other two opportunities in which Deportivo wasted an initial advantage achieved away from home are part of a distant past. On the season 1942/43 the Galicians achieved a 2-2 draw in Mestalla as part of the first-leg of the quarterfinals, but later were trashed with a 0-3 at the old Riazor. Then, on the season 1969/70, Depor was eliminated in the fourth round by Real Betis. The first-leg was played in Sevilla - Benito Villamarín stadium- and ended with a 1-1 score, same score of the second match; it was necessary a third game in order to decide the winner, and that game was played in Bilbao, this time Betis won the encounter (1-0).

Coach Miguel Angel Lotina will keep using the same system with five defenders that has brought good results in the last three official matches of Deportivo, but at the same time he will make rotations in order to rest some key players. The idea is to try to extend the good moment on the season, stay alive in Copa Del Rey, give a chance to the men with lesser minutes on the season and also to the ones that are just surpassing an injury case.

Lotina received good news on Tuesday as winger Jonathan Urretaviscaya ‘Urreta’ (knee sprain), side defender Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ (ankle sprain) and central defender Zé Castro (thigh) were already training at the top, but only the last two will be starters against Osasuna, because the Basque coach prefers to be cautious with the Uruguayan after been out for six weeks. Urreta won’t even play on Sunday against Mallorca.

Left-back Knut Rindarøy didn’t train with the group on Tuesday, and will also be rested hoping that he will totally be recovered for Sunday’s liga visit to Mallorca. In the end the Norwegian defender, Antonio Tomás, Guardado and Michel are the only four players remaining at the injury room.

Meanwhile, the coach is thinking in resting the entire starting lineup used against Levante, beginning with central defender Albert Lopo, who is dragging a ‘small’ hamstring problem, same thing than striker Adrian, both should return against RCD Mallorca. The only exception will be Diego Colotto as the Argentine is still commanding the centre of the defense.

Depor’s coach will release the list of picked players until hours before the clash, but it is expected a 5-2-2-1 lineup, with Manuel Fernandez ‘Manu’ at the goal, Laure at the right-back position, Paraguayan Claudio Morel returning to the left, while the trio at the centre will be composed by Colotto, Ze Castro and David Rochela.

Juan Dominguez will finally have a chance as starter and will join Brazilian Juliano Roberto Antonello ‘Juca’ at the centre of the pitch. French Yves Desmarets wasn’t picked for the past game with Levante and will now be the playmaker performing towards the left, while Pablo Alvarez will do the same on the right. Finally Tunisian Lassad Nouioui will be the central attacker.

The players are aware that they have a small advantage thanks to the score of the first-leg, but they aren’t overconfident about it, as captain Manuel Pablo explain it, ”We aren’t favourites, actually I believe the series is 50-50 for each side, though we have that small advantage of have scored in Pamplona, but without forgetting that any team can score against you at any time. We want to continue in Copa, but we still need to improve, because on Sunday we suffered too much despite the two-goal advantage.”

Similar was the opinion of Juan Rodriguez, “Last year we also had an advantage against Valencia after clinching a 1-2, and look what happened. We need to focus and avoid a new surprise like that one. It is true that we have gained confidence, but we haven’t done anything yet. In order to continue evolving we need to continue working.”

Finally, Diego Colotto was saying that Deportivo must try to win the match, “We have the option of the 0-0, but the important thing is to make a good game and try to win it, later we will see what will happen, but right now we must try to do our best effort.”

List of picked players: It will be released until Wednesday’s evening.
The last two matchdays in liga are a clear representation of the two faces shown by Osasuna in recent months, and it’s that the team coached by José Antonio Camacho is a strong team playing at the Reyno de Navarra and a ghost when it plays outside of Pamplona. On this season the Navarrans have clinched important victories at home, like the 3-0 victory over Hercules FC during last weekend. But as soon as they leave their stadium the team falls apart.

And it’s that the four defeats suffered by Los Rojillos on this liga season have all occurred when the team was playing away from home, including the 1-4 setback at Racing Santander a fortnight ago. In resume the aggregate score for Osasuna playing at home during this season is 11-4 (including the score of the first-leg in Copa), while the away count is totally different: 1-8. And the situation isn’t new as it was the same on the past season.

The last away win of Osasuna occurred on January 31st as the Navarrans surprised Villarreal at El Madrigal (2-0, matchday 20, season 2009/10).  The problem for Osasuna is that, contrary to what happened in their past visit in liga (0-0), it isn’t enough to clinch a draw to pass a round, unless is a 2-2 draw or a tie with more goals. Therefore they need goals, and that’s another problem, because until this point of the season Camacho’s team has only scored one goal away from home after five visits.

To make things worse their best attacker is injured: Walter Pandiani. The Uruguayan already missed the previous two meetings against his former club due to a hamstring problem, and now is out with a Soleus injury. Javier Camuñas is also out after sustaining an injury in the previous meeting at the Riazor (tear in a muscle), while midfielder Roberto López, 'Rúper' suffered during a training on last week a serious knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

At least Camacho is recovering ex-Celta defender Sergio Fernández, who has surpassed a knee problem that kept him at bay since the opening matchday against Almeria. Actually the Asturian defender will be a starter in the game. In the end the coach will present a lineup with only four starters repeating their participation compared to the squad that trashed Hercules in liga: side defender Nacho Monreal, winger Juanfran Torres, midfielder Javad Nekounam and central defender Manuel Ortiz 'Lolo'

But Lolo will move his position to the centre of the pitch as Sergio will now be one of the central defenders. Camacho will present a 4-2-3-1 formation, with ex-Real Sociedad Asier Riego at the goal, Cape Verdean Nelson Augusto Tomar at the right-back position, Monreal on the left, while Sergio and José Romero Urtasún ´Josetxo’ will be the central defenders.

At midfield, Lolo and Iranian Javad Nekounam will cover the pivote functions, Juan Francisco Torres ‘Juanfran’ will attack from the right flank, and ex-Villarreal Javier Calleja will do it from the left, Hungarian Krisztian Vadocz will be the playmaker in the formation and Dejan Lekic will be the central attacker. The Serbian is still searching for his official goal with Osasuna. The list of picked players only includes one name from Osasuna B, it’s the case of midfielder Javier Fernández Anunziatta ‘Xavi’, who will be on the bench, while the coach left three starters against Hercules out of the list: defender Miguel Flaño, midfielder Francisco Puñal and striker Carlos Aranda.

List of picked players (18): Ricardo, Riesgo (goalkeepers); Nelson, Monreal, Lolo, Josetxo, Oier, Sergio, Damia (defenders); Nekouman, Masoud, Juanfran, Calleja, Soriano, Vadócz, Annunziata (midfielders) Lekic and Quique Sola (strikers)

Deportivo: (5-2-2-1) Manu - Laure, Colotto, Rochela, Zé Castro, Morel - Juca, Juan Domínguez –Pablo Álvarez, Desmarets - Lassad
Osasuna: (4-2-3-1) Riesgo - Nelson, Sergio, Josetxo, Monreal – Lolo, Nekounam - Juanfran, Vadocz, Calleja – Lekic.
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán.
Kick-off: 21h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head in Copa: 6 wins for Depor, 1 draw, 7 wins for Osasuna



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