Squad news


10 Nov 2006
Coach Caparr??s is preparing the same lineup that drew with Barcelona on the past weekend. Capdevila was doubtful for the match, but the latest tests have proved that he is ready to play. In Tarragona the president of N??stic had a 45-minute conversation with his team, the Catalans have suffered six consecutive defeats including last Wednesday's elimination in copa against Valladolid.

It seems that coach Caparr??s will present the same lineup that played against Barcelona at the Riazor. This mean that Arbeloa would continue playing on the right side of the defence, the couple on the centre would be Juanma and Lopo, while Joan Capdevila would perform on the left. The Catalan has been experiencing muscular problems, but the latest test have proved that he is ready to play.

A curiosity during yesterday's training session was that Caparr??s tested Antonio Barrag??n as a central defender. But it was just an experiment. Filipe also participated as left back during the training, an alternative that the Sevillan coach has in case that Capdevila falls once again. In midfield the combination Coloccini-Sergio will continue to play. Aldo Duscher suffered a thigh injury and the doctors indicated that he will have be out of action for four weeks.

Joan Verd?? is every day more used to the squad and it seems that the Catalan will be the playmaker on this match. Arzimendi will continue on the right wing and Cristian will return to the left. Riki would be the striker. Caparr??s also probed with Taborda during the training, the Uruguayan has been out with new muscular problems and now, he is ready to return.

Although N??stic is living a complicated situation, striker Javier Arizmnedi believes that it will be a tough opponent: "They are hurt because the team was eliminated in Copa del Rey. Besides they need the points and I'm sure that N??stic will risk a lot on this match. We have to do the same thing in order to achieve the victory."

In Tarragona things are pretty tense, N??stic lost against Valladolid at the Nou Estadi for Copa del Rey (1-3), and the fans whistled the team during the match. Yesterday president Josep Andreu had a 45-minute conversation with the squad, and the Catalan media believes that if Gimn??stic loses the game against Deportivo, the Galician coach Luis Cesar could be fired.

The captain of the squad, Jes??s Serrano, talked with sportpaper El Mundo Deportivo about the problems that his team is living: "It's a normal thing to be worried and hurt after what has happened to us during the last two games. I see the squad prepared to hold onto the situation. When we win, everybody wins, and when we lose, everybody loses."

A clear disadvantage for the Catalans occurs during the set-pieces actions. Against Valladolid, N??stic failed once again in a corner-kick play... and this time it was twice. Gimanstic was leading the score, but ?“scar S??nchez scored the equaliser at minute 59th after he headed a corner, ten minutes later, Mario followed the same path and scored the third goal of Valladolid in a similar play. The worst thing is that striker Ismael Irurzun got injured during the game and he is doubtful to face Depor.

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