Squad news


22 Sep 2013
Marchena picked for the first time on the season, but won’t be a starter in this game- It’s expected a switch into a 4-4-2 formation. The rival is an aspirant to promotion that’s having problems with the match fitness of their strikers.

Delicate moment for both Deportivo and AD Alcorcón as they arrive to this meeting after losing two straight games in the competition. The Galicians lost at home against Real Murcia (0-1) and later on the road visiting Real Sporting (2-0). It’s the first time since April of 1991 in which Los Blanquiazules lose two straight games at Segunda División (0-3 at Xérez & 2-3 Vs. Eibar). On the season 2011/12 Oltra’s team only lost ten games and never suffered two consecutive losses.

Meanwhile, a fortnight ago the Madrilenians were the leaders at Segunda, but then suffered a defeat visiting RCD Mallorca (2-1) and on Sunday they were surprised by SD Ponferradina (0-1), now they are eighth at the standings. Last season AD Alcorcón lost two straight games in three different opportunities and managed to enter into the promotion zone.

AD Alcorcón have only spent three seasons at Segunda and already suffered three straight losses in the league; it was on his first year at Segunda as they were beaten by Gimnástic de Tarragona (0-2), SD Huesca (0-1) and Elche CF (0-1) between April and May of 2011. In the case of Depor it’s necessary to go back to February of 1990 in order to find three straight losses playing in this tournament: 0-1 at Athletic B, 0-1 Vs. SD Eibar and 0-2 at UD Salamanca.

Finally, this is just the third meeting between Galicians and Madrilenians; the only time they met at the Riazor was a 2-1 win for Deportivo. The victory was possible thanks to two goals scored in a matter of three minutes by Valerón and Bruno Gama.

Carlos Marchena has been picked for the first time on this season after joining the team on deadline day. The Andalusian defender was the ‘amulet’ on last season as he was a starter in seven of the eight wins on the Primera campaign. However, he won’t be a starter in this game. Coach Fernando Vázquez confirmed that he’s ready to play, but at the same time that he won’t be part of the starting eleven.

In any case it means good news for a weakened defensive line that has been hit by the injury cases of Uxío Marcos, Luisinho and Kaká. The other big news of the day was to see Fabril’s midfielder Paulo Teles picked for the first time for a liga meetings. The Portuguese already played in Copa Del Rey and left a positive impression giving two assists in the exhausting game against Córdoba CF.

Despite not admitting too much in the press conference it’s expected that Vázquez is going to switch the system into a 4-4-2 formation [4-1-3-2 according to a comment of Fernando Vázquez] precisely the team he has been working on during the last training sessions. German Lux remains at the goal; Manuel Pablo enters into the formation in order to cover the spot at the left-back position, while Laureano Sanabria ‘Laure’ continues performing on the right.

Álex Bergantiños will perform for the third straight opportunity as a centre back; his partner will be Pablo Insua. The repositioning is opening a new opportunity for Cezary Wilk, the Polish will join Juan Dominguez at midfield territory.

Argentine Juan Culio will move his position to the left wing, Juan Carlos Real will have his first chance as a starter in liga. He will perform on the right wing, though playing towards the centre. Finally, Javier Arizmendi will play behind Borja Bastón up front.

Wingers Antonio Núñez and Álvaro Lemos join Uxío Marcos, Luisinho and Kaká at the injury room. Luis Fernández is dragging a knock suffered in the last training of the week and was included on the list for the game, but if he’s not ready for tomorrow then Vázquez can end replacing him with a Fabril’s player, probably Dani Iglesias. The rest of the first team will be on the bench, including Portuguese Rudy, who has been a starter within the first five games in liga.

Before the game Borja Bastón talked of Alcorcón, ”They are a typical team of Segunda: tough, hard. Their players know each other pretty well, but we are playing at home and need to win all the remaining games there. If we want to be at the top then we need to start winning now.”

Meanwhile, Juan Dominguez was saying that Depor are aspiring to promotion despite having the shortest squad in the league, ”We have eighteen professionals, but the ones that don’t have a professional contract can also play. There are people from the bottom that can add things and we know the team is well covered with the players coming out from the academy, so we know there’s enough squad to fight for promotion or to enter into the playoffs. The ones that aren’t professionals are equally prepared in order to compete.”

Finally, Pablo Insua said that "We must add the three points at home, because we need to be strong there if we want to aspire to important things. We have information on Alcorcón and we are aware they are doing the right things. They always were at the top positions."

List of picked players (18): Lux, Fabricio (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Seoane, Insua, Marchena (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Domínguez, Wilk, Teles, Juan Carlos, Culio, Bicho (midfielders); Luis Fernández, Rudy, Arizmendi & Borja Bastón (strikers)

The shocker of the past matchday at Segunda was the 0-1 loss of AD Alcorcón at Santo Domingo hosting SD Ponferradina. Coach Miguel Álvarez described the result as “unlucky” as his team “didn’t deserve the loss.” But the result is considered to be a first warning, mainly as it was the second straight loss on the season after the 1-2 defeat visiting RCD Mallorca.

Curiously, the Madrilenians got an early revenge from that game as in midweek as they eliminated the Majorcans with a big 1-4 at Soin Moix. But those four goals seem to be a mirage as one of the main problems for Álvarez on this season is to find a goal-scorer that any aspirant to promotion needs.  And it’s that only one of the six goals scored by the team in this start of season was conquered by a striker.

The four natural central attackers at the team are having their issues. Two of them are veterans Julián ‘Juli’ Cerdá and Joaquín ‘Quini Álvarez. Juli is the one that scored on this season, but isn’t a natural goal scorer (last year he only netter eight goals at liga Adelante). Meanwhile, Quini has been lowering his performance since last season. The Madrilenian was the star of the team in their first two years at Segunda netting 34 goals within the period, but last year he only scored 3 goals in 29 Segunda matches, and on the current campaign he has remained scoreless.

The other two strikers at the team are youngsters that still need to demonstrate their worth. Starting with ex-Real Madrid Castilla Óscar Plano, a 22-year-old player with an unimpressive record of 4 goals in 37 games during last season, and the other is Dani Pacheco, the 22-year-old attacker loaned from Liverpool FC that has only played in 14 games within the previous three years.

Despite the problems in attack, and the recent two losses, coach Álvarez will only make one change at the lineup used in the most recent defeat. It’s the entry of French Jean-Sylvain Babin replacing Catalan Albert Serrán at the centre of the defense.

It’s a 4-4-2 draw. Ex-Rayo Vallecano Dani Giménez defends the goal, veteran Alberto Nagore performs at the right back position, while ex-Levante Álex Sánchez performs at the left.
former Elche man Héctor Verdés joins Babin at the central positions.  Midfield will be territory for captain Rubén Sanz and ex-Alcoyano Sergio Mora.

Fernando Sales performs on the right wing, the ex-Valladolid man was pretended by Depor in the past, but never landed at the Riazor. Christian Alfonso, who came loaned from RCD Espanyol, attacks from the left wing. Finally Julián ‘Juli’ Cerdá and Joaquín ‘Quini Álvarez will continue to be the couple in attack.

Picked players (18): Dani Giménez, Manu (goalkeepers); Ángel Sánchez, Babín, Camille, Nagore, Serrán, Héctor Verdés, Alberto Gómez (defenders); Cristian Alfonso, Fernando Sales, Rubén Sanz, Joaquín Álvarez, Sergio Mora (midfielders); Pacheco, July, Oscar Plano & Quini (attackers)

Former Depor Francisco Javier Peral ‘Javito’ wasn’t picked for the game as he is just coming out from an injury case. During the week he commented his feelings after the failed period in A Coruña, ”I have a thorn. I dreamed of playing at that stadium and now I can fulfill the dream. The twists and turns in football! I wanted to play there in an official match,  it was going to be my debut at Primera División, but it couldn’t be and I left the club in sorrow. But sometimes the circumstances are like this and the important thing is that I was very happy in A Coruña.”

Who was picked for the game is keeper Manu Fernández, the goalie was remembering his stage at Depor, ”It was a pleasant stage, though I lived difficult situations like the relegation. For four years it was my second home. In a general sense the memories are positive. I was able to debut at Primera, which in the end it’s what every player wants. Depor gave me the chance and I’m thankful for that.”

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Lux – Laure, Álex, Insua, Manuel Pablo – Juan Carlos, Wilk, Juan Domínguez, Culio – Arizmendi, Borja Bastón.
Alcorcón: (4-4-2) Dani Giménez - Nagore, Babin, Héctor Verdés, Ángel Sánchez - Fernando Sales, Rubén Sanz, Sergio Mora, Cristian Alfonso -  Juli, Quini
Referee: Francisco Manuel Arias López
Kick-off: 18h30 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Alcorcón: 1 win for Depor, 0 draws, 1 win for Alcorcón (Segunda)
Record at the Riazor: 1 win for Depor, 0 draws, o wins for Alcorcón (Segunda)



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