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27 Sep 2015
Two legends from Depor are colliding at the Riazor, both coaches live a good moment with their teams. Depor’s coach is worried for the small margin to prepare the game, while Espanyol’s coach was praising Deportivo.

Meeting between two important players of the recent golden years of Deportivo, they also are the youngest coaches in the league. Sergio González Soriano arrived to Depor in 2001 coming from RCD Espanyol and cost €18 million, the highest price paid by Depor for a single player (the club paid the same amount in the signing of Diego Tristán in 2000).

And the Catalan man made history at the Deportivo during his nine years at the club, he won two titles and scored a goal in the Centenariazo final against Real Madrid. In the end he made 294 appearances at Primera wearing the Blanquiazul shirt, the fifth highest number in the history of the club only behind Fran, Mauro Silva, Manuel Pablo and Donato.

Meanwhile, Víctor Sánchez Del Amo was his partner at Depor for four years and disputed 210 games at Primera with the Galicians, which currently is the 11th highest mark at the club. Despite been the youngest coaches in the league, both men are following a similar path that already meant to earn respect. Sergio arrived last year to RCD Espanyol and was close to put the team in Europe and also reached the semifinals in Copa, while Víctor saved Depor in the last stretch of the campaign clinching draws in tough stadiums like San Mamés, Anoeta and the Camp Nou.

Depor’s coach offered a short press conference on Saturday’s noon. He talked to reporters for seven minutes after the training session. He started talking of possible changes at the lineup, “Logically there could be changes with only two and a half days to prepare the game. Normally the footballers need 48 hours for the recovery, and we barely fulfill the needed time, and the rival had two more days to prepare the game, in this sense it is important to count with the possibilities offered by the depth of the squad.”

Asked about the absences of Jonathan, he answered that, “I say it every week: We have 26 players and it is very difficult to make the roster for the games as we are content with the work of all the players, because for their effort and performance all of them deserve to be in.”

The Madrilenian man doesn’t think that it is important to have missed the victory in the previous two home games, “The season is just starting and for us the important thing are the feelings, obviously the normal thing is to add points having good feelings, because we want to add points to reach the goal of the permanence soon, but the important thing is to have good feelings. It’s also true that it is a challenge to achieve the first victory at home, so we can dedicate it to the fans.”

Later he explained that Luisinho is skipping the game due to illness, “He didn’t train today; the doctors told me that he couldn’t come as he spent a bad night. He had gastric problems and it is a sensitive casualty for us. We count with the player, just like with the rest, but he couldn’t train and his performance brings doubts been in these conditions. We need to have players at their 100%.”

He denied any problem with Haris Medunjanin, who hasn’t been included in any roster on this season, “That’s an external label, but an internal debate. We are enchanted with the performance of everybody. What happens is that there’s no space for all the players and it will continue to happen throughout the season, in the end the competiveness has these things: you go in and out of the team.”

Finally, he talked of Sergio, his former team mate at Depor, “It is a very important game to us. We were partners for a long time and shared important experiences at this club. He deserves the things that he is living at Espanyol. His team is growing and had a strong start. They know how to play and is a solid block defending, it’s a difficult challenge to us.”

Espanyol’s coach addressed the media on Saturday’s noon; he begun praising Deportivo, “I believe it is a team that has signed good reinforcements. Víctor is doing a great job, it’s a balanced team in which all the players know what to do. They have interesting combinations with a 4-2-3-1 that sometimes is changed into a 4-1-4-1 and I can tell you that they have a balanced squad.”

He explained that Arbilla, who was supposed to be a starter in defense, is out due to an injury, “He’s facing an Achilles problem and also a groin injury; we asked an effort to him as it was too much to ask Rober [Correa] to debut playing three games in a row. He seemed to be fine, bur faced issues between yesterday and today, and for this reason he is off.”

Like it happens to Víctor, Sergio has a lot of quality in attack with players like Burgui, Caicedo, Moreno and Asensio. The Catalan explained the problems to choose the players for these positions, “In the end the important thing is to have them, we try to choose the best couple and let’s see if someday the three of them could play [Caicedo, Moreno and Asensio]. Last year we had a similar situation and for me it is problem, but a blessed problem.”

There was a question about the attitude that he wants for his team at the Riazor, and he commented that, “I don’t like extremes. They like to have the ball at the back and don’t hurry to attack, they play with two men at midfield as with Mosquera joining them. They have patience and search for the cracks with Lucas. Since that point perhaps we will have to wait at the back and then play on the counterattack, but it cannot be for the full game. We cannot say that we will spent the whole game like this, we need a balance and it will guide us to success.”

Finally, about the meeting with Víctor, Sergio said that, “I am really happy for him, I’m happy to see Deportivo choosing him, I’m happy to see that he fixed the complicate situation that they had on last year, and on this season they are enjoying. We have a good relation and I’m glad to see that things are working for him.”



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