Squad news


02 May 2015
Critical game at the Riazor. Depor need the victory after the disaster in Elche and especially need to recover some self-esteem. The rival is living a complicate situation due to the large list of injured players.

Both teams are coming from negative streaks that are complicating their goals for the season. Deportivo have spent twelve matchdays without winning and ended at the relegation zone, meanwhile Villarreal CF spent ten straight matchdays without winning, a negative streak that erased any hope of reaching the Champions League seats, luckily for them they haven’t lost the spot in the Europa League as other teams like Malaga CF are also failing.

Despite their recent poor form Villarreal are the sixth best visiting team in the league (22 points in 17 away meetings), though they only won four times in this condition as 10 of their 17 away matches ended in a draw. Their four away victories were against Levante UD (0-2), RC Celta (1-3), Córdoba CF (0-2) & Atlético Madrid (0-1).

Depor have a positive mark hosting Villarreal CF, the Galicians won 8 of the 12 home games against the yellow submarine, including four of the last five meetings at the Riazor. To mention that Villarreal have remained scoreless in their last three visits to the Riazor.

Dark days in A Coruña. The devastating defeat against Elche has lowered the expectations in the city and many fans are starting to believe that the dream of the permanence is just an illusion. There’s also fury as a group of around fifty fans faced the players during Thursday’s session, which was translated into insults and protests.

There are also fears that the fans won’t be encouraged enough to attend to the stadium despite this is the penultimate game at home and that the club is offering a special package (2 tickets for €10 and 4 for €15). In this pessimistic environment coach Víctor Sánchez is forced to search for a late reaction that could save the team from a third relegation in only five years.

Juan Dominguez talked on Friday and denied that the players are lacking intensity, but admitted that they are missing some direction, ”The hard part is to carry the intention into practice, I mean which moment is the best to be at the top. We are not missing intention, but interpretation. I understand that people are pessimist. What we must do is to carry away with this and Saturday’s game is the first opportunity.”

As it has been common since his arrival, Víctor didn’t give any clue during the last training before the game. He tested two different draws (4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1). The feeling is that he will play with two strikers, just like he did against Atlético Madrid in the previous game at the Riazor.

Fabricio Agosto is the goalie, Juanfran Moreno covers the right side in defence, Luisinho performs on the left, while the central positions at defense are for Sidnei Rechel and Albert Lopo.

Álex Bergantiños and Celso Borges are the centre midfielders, Lucas Pérez will be attacking from the right side, Iván Cavaleiro does it from the left, while Toché and Oriol Riera are the centre forwards.

Juan Dominguez picked a soleus muscle injury in the game against Elche and is out of the meeting. Cezary Wilk is the other player at the injury room. Meanwhile, Borja López, Roberto Canella, Haris Medunjanin, Luis Fariña, Diogo Salomão and Hélder Postiga are out for tactical reasons.

List of picked players (18): Fabricio, Lux (goalkeepers); Laure, Manuel Pablo, Juanfran, Lopo, Insua, Sidnei, Luisinho (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, José Rodríguez, Cuenca, Borges, Lucas, Costa (midfielders); Cavaleiro, Toché & Oriol Riera (attackers).

Also dark days for Villarreal CF. The Valencian club won 13 of 18 games between November and January, but lately it already spent ten matchdays without achieving a victory, for this reason they haven’t secured yet the spot in the next UEFA Europa League. A lot of this has to do with the long list of casualties that have been hitting the squad.

For the past game against Atlético Madrid coach Marcelino Toral only had fourteen players available from the first team and had to fill up the gaps with players from the B squad, to make things worse he lost his starting keeper, Sergio Asenjo, who again suffered a knee ligaments injury that will keep him at bay for a couple of months.

The situation is repeated for the meeting against Depor, apart from Asenjo there are other six players out injured: Centre-back Mateo Musacchio (ankle fracture), centre midfielders Bruno Soriano (leg fracture), Adrián Marín (thigh) and Denís Chéryshev (hamstring), winger Giovani dos Santos (Vastus muscle), plus striker Ikechukwu Uche (knee).

At least Argentine striker Luciano Vietto is recovered from a lumbago problem and will be a starter. He’s the top scorer at the team (12 goals plus 2 assists). Jonathan Dos Santos returns from suspension, but still the coach had to pick three players from the B squad in order to fill the gaps.

Jonathan and Vietto are two of the three expected changes in the 4-4-2 formation compared to the team that faced Atlético Madrid in midweek. The third change is 27-ear-old keeper Juan Carlos Sánchez, who is making his seventh appearance on the season.

Mario Gaspar covers the right side of the defence. Serbian Bojan Jokić perform on the left, while Victor Ruiz and Ivorian Eric Bailly, who was signed from RCD Espanyol during the winter window, perform at the central positions in defence.

Manu Trigueros and Tomás Pina are the centre midfielders, Jonathan Dos Santos attacks from the right wing, Jaume Costa does it from the left, while the positions in attack are for Joel Campbell and Vietto. A lot was expected from Joel Campbell, but so far he remains scoreless after 12 games with the team (931 minutes).

List of picked players (18): Juan Carlos, Aitor (goalkeepers), Mario, Rukavina, Jaume Costa, Jokić, Víctor Ruiz, Dorado, Eric Bailly (defenders); Trigueros, Pina, Jonathan dos Santos, Moi Gómez, Alfonso Pedraza, Sergio Marcos (midfielders); Campbell: Gerard Moreno & Vietto (attackers)

Deportivo: (4-4-2) Fabricio – Juanfran, Sidnei, Lopo, Luisinho – Lucas, Álex Bergantiños, Borges, Cavaleiro – Riera, Toché.
Villarreal: (4-4-2) Juan Carlos – Mario, Ruiz, Bailly, Jokić – Jonathan Dos Santos, Trigueros, Pina, Costa – Campbell, Vietto.
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Kick-off: 22h00 CET (Riazor)
Head-to-head Vs. Elche: 12 wins for Depor, 5 draws, 10 wins for Villarreal (Primera & Segunda)
Record at El Madrigal: 4 win
Record at the Riazor: 8 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 3 wins for Villarreal (Primera & Segunda)



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