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10 Apr 2011
Fourteenth confrontation between Lotina and Pellegrini; Depor’s coach said that he hasn’t defined yet the lineup, but already decided if Valerón will be a starter or not. Meanwhile, Malaga’s coach warns that Depor is more than just aerial game.

Manuel Pellegrini is an old fox at the Spanish football. The Chilean signed for Villarreal in the year 2004 after achieving big triumphs with Argentine club River Plate, and he was one of the main responsible for the growth of Villarreal. He was able to put the yellow submarine in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League 2005/2006. For the past season he signed for the all mighty Real Madrid and despite leaving the Madrilenian club without titles he was able to break several records, including the spell of Real Madrid at the Riazor.

At the other side of the corner, Miguel Angel Lotina already won a Copa Del Rey and after last Sunday’s game against RCD Mallorca he is now the 8th coach with more games at Primera (388), and the 3-0 win over Malaga on the first round meant his first victory over Pellegrini, this after thirteen previous confrontations playing for la liga. The Basque coach has achieved two draws against the Chilean trainer, while the remaining eleven games were won by El Ingeniero.

Depor’s coach gave his press conference on Saturday’s morning; he is aware of the attitude that his team needs on this match, “We must go out with clear ideas and surpassing any anxiety that we could find at the stadium. We must be aware that if we achieve the three points then we will be closer to the needed mark for the salvation.”

“We are going there with the idea of adding points and trying to win; later we could start thinking of the draw within the final ten or fifteen minutes. The point is that if we´re thinking of the draw during the whole ninety minutes, then almost always you end up losing.” He added.

What Lotina doesn’t know is the team that he will use at La Rosaleda, “We will try to put the most balanced and consistent team; we know it is a vital clash and that a good result will bring oxygen. We will meet a full stadium with a lot of pressure, and it is a game for men. That’s the idea. The point is that I am sleepless for the lineup, because I still thinking of it.”

Once again he was questioned about the role that Valerón will have in this meeting, and the Basque coach assured that he already know the role of the Canarian, but didn’t want to say anything else, “He will play or maybe won’t do it; I already know, but won’t tell you. That if I feel watched by the media? I am just watched by my wife [he laughed]”

Malaga’s coach gave a press conference on Friday´s evening; he was saying that this is the most important stage of the season for his team, "It is very important to only think in the next game, but there are two very important games ahead, actually eight important matches for all teams who are involved in the fight at the bottom of the table."

"We have finals on every Sunday and not just us, but all the teams at the bottom. What matters is to know how to add the points disputed at home. The games at home haven’t been our stronger point this year, but it is better to gamble here, with the support of our public, than to do it outside. It is the consciousness that we have before the game on Sunday, because we need to make as few mistakes as possible against a tough opponent. " He added.

He was also trying to blame the injuries for the poor results of his team, "We have had a long number of injuries that prevented us of having a stable starting eleven. Today we have seen the incorporation of Baptista, who should start to train on Tuesday with the squad, and Ruben, who still missing a couple of weeks, but we can say that now we have a full squad. Julio[Baptista]? For this week it's too early, but he is already working with the ball and has no physical problems. "

The former coach of River Plate was also commenting the idea that the target must be to reach the mark of the 42 points, this in order to clinch the permanence, “Those are just speculations, maybe is the usual target to reach the safety and maybe it’s more difficult if you end adding less, but the important thing on this week is to reach the mark of the 32 points.”

Finally he was giving his opinion on Deportivo and the consensus idea that it is a team that adds a lot of points through the aerial game, "Deportivo has taken a lot of points this year thanks to set-pieces. We have worked the aerial plays and must pay attention to the marks over their key men. Of course they have anxiety, because they are expecting to add three important points and trying to maintain the distance with us, but they also have players of great quality as Valerón or Adrian, so they aren’t just aerial game. "



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