Squad news


07 Nov 2015
Depor travel with seven players out for injury reasons, it’s a great opportunity for men like Fede Cartabia. Levante face the game as the bottom club, but with the enthusiasm for the arrival of new coach Rubi.

Levante UD represent the bottom club in la liga and their goal stats demonstrate the reason why. The Valencians are the second team with lesser goals scored (6) and are also the team with more goals allowed (22). Beyond that, they have only won once with a 1-0 win over Villarreal CF (October 4) that was followed by straight defeats before Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Valencia CF with an aggregate score of 0-10.

Neither Depor are living their best moment, after all the Galicians remain winless within the last month, but also to remember that they only lost one of the last six games in the tournament (0-2 at Malaga CF). In that same period only Real Madrid stayed undefeated, while other four clubs only lost once: Athletic Club, Atlético Madrid, RC Celta and SD Eibar.

The good thing for Depor is that they have added ten of the last twelve points visiting Levante UD for la liga. And it’s that in the last four games they clinched three victories scoring seven goals and only allowing one, though in that same period the Blanquiazul outfit was trashed 1-4 in Copa in extra time and with Oltra’s team playing with nine men (Dec 21, 2011).

The good start of season at Deportivo has witnessed several actors shinning on the field, like the cases of Pedro Mosquera, Lucas Pérez and Luis Alberto, other’s like Cani and Jonathan Rodriguez haven’t matched the expectations, and there’s one player that seems stuck in the middle: Fede Cartabia. The Argentine playmaker has left a positive impression in large frames of his appearances, but in others he looked flat, a situation that gives the feeling that more can be extracted from him.

So far Cartabia is only the 13th player with more minutes on the league season (281), but the current situation of the team, with coach Víctor Sánchezfacing some injuries and low forms, seems like the perfect moment to claim a starring role. Luis Alberto is out injured with a groin problem, while Cani hasn’t showed anything yet and Jonás Gutiérrez is struggling to find himself fit enough for this team. This means problems to cover the wings and thus Cartabia is going to be a starter for the second straight opportunity. In the previous game with Atlético he made a great job in the first half and later disappeared in the second. Now this is a great chance to demonstrate a regular level in a whole match.

It’s expected that Víctor is only going to make two changes for the game, Albert Lopo is injured, so Alejandro Arribas is returning into contention. The other modification is the entry of Cani at the left wing, something that will pull Fayçal Fajr into the playmaking function leaving Cartabia on the right flank and Lucas Pérez on the centre of the attack.

German Lux is the starting goalie, Laure performs at the right-back position, Fernando Navarro stays on the left, Sidnei Rechel joins Arribas at the central positions, while Pedro Mosquera and Celso Borges are the centre midfielders.

Together with Luis Alberto, there are other six players at the injury room: Fabricio, Manu, Luisinho, Lopo, Jonathan Rodríguez and Luis Alberto. The rest of the squad was picked for the trip to Valencia, the roster includes the presence of Fabril’s keepers David Gómez and Anxo Pérez.

Fajr was warning about the rival that Deportivo are going to meet, ”They must get points from this game, just like Málaga in our last away meeting, and let’s see if we don’t repeat the same errors, because for sure we are going to see a Levante that want to win an will attack us as Málaga did.”

List of picked players (21): Lux, David Gómez, Anxo Pérez (goalkeepers); Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Saúl, Juanfran, Navarro (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez, Mosquera, Fayçal Fajr, Medunjanin, Celso Borges, Jonás Gutiérrez, Cani, Cardoso, Cartabia (midfielders); Lucas Pérez & Oriol Riera (attackers).

It’s hard to believe that there’s hope and enthusiasm in a team at the bottom of the table and that has allowed ten goals ending scoreless within the last three games, but that’s the situation at Levante UD. All thanks to the arrival of coach Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubi’, who just replaced Lucas Alcárez on last week and made a drastic change, cooling the relation with some players like Nabil Ghilas and specially changing the draw from an ineffective 5-4-1 into a more offensive 4-1-4-1/4-4-2.

He lost 0-3 in his debut at Valencia CF, but the team left a much better impression and the media believes that it will be improving with the passage of time. The coach admitted that the formation that will face Deportivo will be fluctuating between the 4-1-4-1 and the 4-4-2.

There are some expected changes at the lineup, with Moroccan Zou Feddal and ex-Almeria José Antonio García ‘Verza’ ready to regain a place at the starting formation.  A Coruña-born Rubén Martínez is the starting goalkeeper, Pedro López covers the right side on defence, Toño García performs at the left flank, and veteran David Navarro joins Feddal at the central positions.

Mozambican Simão Mate Junior is the lonely pivote with Verza and Camarasa playing in front of him. José Luis Morales attacks from the right wing, Rubén Garcia does it from the left and the doubt is who could play up front. 24-year-old Roger Marti is expected to start, but there’s also the option of Deyverson Acosta, a Brazilian that’s the top scorer at the team (2) and that’s returning from a suspension.

List of picked players (21): Rubén Martínez, Javi Jiménez, Diego Mariño (goalkeepers); Feddal, Toño, David Navarro, Juanfran García, Nikos Karabelas, Pedro López (defenders); Simão Junior, Camarasa, Verza, Jefferson Lerma, Rubén García, Morales, Xumetra, José Mari (midfielders); Roger, Casadesús, Deyverson & Ghilas (attackers).

Levante: (4-1-4-1) Martínez – Pedro López, Feddal, David Navarro, Toño – Mate – Morales, Camarasa, Verza, Rubén García – Roger.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux – Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Fernando Navarro – Borges, Mosquera – Cartabia, Fajr, Cani – Lucas Pérez.
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
Kick-off: 18h15 CET (Ciutat de Valencia)
Head-to-head Vs. Levante: 16 wins for Depor, 2 draws, 12 wins for Levante (Primera & Segunda)
Record in Levante: 5 wins for Depor, 1 draw, 9 wins for Levante (Primera & Segunda)



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