Squad news


26 Nov 2016
Gaizka Garitano faces a final with only nineteen men available; he is making a few changes at the starting lineup before a rival that’s also affected by the injuries.

Referee: Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Kick-off: 13h00 CET (La Rosaleda)

Despite the two goals scored against Sevilla CF, Deportivo continue to be the worst offensive line in la liga. The Galicians have only netted ten goals, the same mark than Granada CF and the same mark had by the team after the first 12 matchdays of the campaign 2007/08, so even in the year of the last two relegations the team had scored more goals at this height of the tournament.

Also, Depor have been unable to beat Málaga CF within the last six official games played against them. At the same time, the Galicians have only won twice visiting this new version of Málaga at La Rosaleda. But it’s also true that they have only lost three times after thirteen visits, the remaining eight games ended in a draw, including six straight games between 2003and 2011.

Another negative stat for the Galicians is their record on the road, because they remain winless after six visits. Only other three clubs remain winless in la liga playing away from home: Málaga CF, Sporting Gijón and Granada CF. The last two only got two draws after six visits, while Depor added three.

Coach Gaizka Garitano arrives to the meeting with the menace that he could be fired in case of a new defeat, recently the buzz around the bad calls of the referees has been a public distraction, but inside the club the officials are aware of the poor start of the team in la liga and there are strong rumors about a change in the project if the results don’t arrive soon.

And the Basque coach is facing this crucial meeting with only 19 players available, the lesser number on this season, this since four men are out for injury reasons. So, the tactical variations that he can attempt are reduced by the fact of only having 16 field players for the meeting (the other 3 are goalkeepers). Still, it’s expected some changes, like the appearance of Guilherme at midfield and the return of Fayçal Fajr to the playmaker’s role.

Team news: Centre-back Alejandro Arribas passed a late test and was included in the roster for the match, this after missing three training sessions during the week. Four men are at the injury room: attackers Joselu, Ryan Babel and Borja Valle, plus right-back Laure. Goalkeeper Rubén Martínez is the only man out for tactical reasons. 

Man to watch: Striker Florin Andone. With Babel out, the Romanian is the reference in attack of a Deportivo that’s lacking goal, but that’s also witnessing the awakening of the ex-Córdoba striker, who has scored a goal within the last two matchdays facing other two Andalusians rivals (Granada CF and Sevilla CF).

Picked players: (18) Lux, Tytoń (goalkeepers); Juanfran, Arribas, Albentosa, Sidnei, Navarro, Luisinho (defenders); Álex Bergantiños, Borges, Pedro Mosquera, Çolak, Guilherme, Fajr, Carles Gil, Bruno Gama (midfielders); Marlos Moreno & Florin Andone (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Tytoń – Juanfran, Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho – Guilherme, Mosquera – Bruno Gama, Fajr, Marlos Moreno – Andone.

After their magnificent debut in Champions League during the season 2012/13, Málaga CF have stayed out of the spotlight in recent years. But the project remains on, now with the formula of trying to mix wise signings and youth talent, something they are accomplishing. The team remains living in mid-table and having solid seasons at the elite, while the academy shines, on this season the Juvenil A team was playing the UEFA Youth League after winning the División de Honor title.

But there are shadows chasing the club in the outside, this since owner Abdullah Al-Thani remains struggling to control the club. Recently he lost a legal battle against hotel company BlueBay for the possession of the 49% of the club’s shares and the future of the Andalusian club remains uncertain after a coupler of years with financial problems.

Team news: Goalkeeper Carlos Kameni is recovered from a muscle problem and was picked for the game against Depor, but other five men are injured: Midfielders Sergio Gontán ‘Keko’ (muscle), José Recio (adductor), Zdravko Kuzmanović (Achilles), plus striker Charles (knee) and centre-back Weligton (knee surgery), and there are two men suspended: left-back Juan Carlos Pérez ‘Juankar’ and centre-back Diego Llorente, so in the end coach Juande Ramos had to include two players from the academy in order to fill the gaps, one of them –Mikel Villanueva- is expected to be a starter at the centre of the defence.

Man to watch: Striker Sandro Ramírez. He arrived for free during the summer after ending his contract with FC Barcelona and the 21-year-old promise responded immediately. The Canarian is the top-scorer at the team with five goals in twelve matches plus bringing one assist. His career is moving so fast that’s commented that Tottenham Hotspurs want to pay €17.5 million for him during the winter window.

Picked players: (18) Kameni, Boyko (goalkeepers); Koné, Mikel Villanueva, Ricca, Rosales, Miguel Torres, Luis Muñoz (defenders); Camacho, Juanpi, Gonzalo ‘Chory’ Castro, Duda, Jony, Pablo Fornals, Ontiveros (midfielders); Michael Santos, Sandro & En-Nesyri (attackers).

Predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kameni – Rosales, Villanueva, Torres, Ricca – Camacho, Fornals – Ontiveros, Juanpi, Gonzalo Castro – Sandro.



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