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14 May 2008
The squad started to prepare the game against Villarreal during Wednesday's morning. The main novelties were the absences of Verd??, Guardado, Wilhelmsson, Aouate, Filipe, Coloccini and Xisco. After the session ended, Lotina talked with reporters about the present of his team.

Deportivo trained on Wednesday's morning and started to prepare the game against Villarreal, the main novelties were the absentees. Andr?Šs Guardado and Joan Verd?? missed the session since they played on Tuesday in a tribute game for Antonio Puerta. Meanwhile, Christian Wilhelmsson didn't train since he had flue. Also, goalkeeper Dudu Aouate didn't end the session due to an ankle problem, same case for Filipe Luis, Fabrico Coloccini and Xisco. This three players due to muscular problems.

After the session ended, coach Miguel Angel Lotina talked at Abegondo's press room and analysed these cases "The Swedish was in bad conditions and we sent him back home. The problems of Aouate and Coloccini are minor cases and I hope they will be fine for Sunday. Filipe has been suffering this problems during the last months and at the beginning, he's available."

Later, the Basque trainer confirmed that Juan Carlos Valer??n will miss the game and that Andr?Šs Guardado will enjoy of some minutes "Valer??n is not ready for Sunday, the other day he left a good impression and he will be the best signing for the next season. About Andr?Šs, my intention was to give him some minutes on the past week, but now I want to give him a chance, to see the doctors giving me the OK and later to see him going to his national team with more secureness. Nobody should forget we have missed a very important player during the second round, next year will be his year, without doubt he will be a star."

Lotina also warned about the game with Villarreal "Villarreal is playing for nothing, but they will come in order to win, we have to face the match in the same way." the ex-Espanyol coach also laughed when he was asked if there's the possibility Athletic Bilbao would pay to Villarreal in order to win the game "If there's a payment by a third party for the Intertoto, then next year we'll have payments by third parties since the first matchday."

A thing that Lotina likes is to realise the good environment for Sunday's game, the club has allowed the appearance of Fabril and Depor's  first squad at the Riazor in a day that has been called 'the day of the B squad' "It's the ideal thing, it will be very good to have the B squad in Segunda. It will be fine in a sporting sense, besides we could enter into the Intertoto... together with the results of Juveniles, we can say this has been a great year for the club."

The Me?ąaka-born coach emphasised that he prefers to play the UEFA cup through the Intertoto rather than to do it through the UEFA Fair Play system, an option that was discarded on Tuesday "Some people trust in luck, but I prefer to trust in the good work and the union between the group, that's what has carried us until this point. I prefer to achieve it in the other way. I believe we are in debt with the fans and that we should go for the Intertoto. We owe them the chance to return to Europe."

Also, Lotina discarded the presence of any Depor's player in the Spanish team that will play the UEFA EURO 2008 (Luis Aragon?Šs will release the list on Friday) "I don't think we will see any Depor's player at the national team, it will be an honour for me, but I don't think we will see anybody there" Finally, he didn't want to talk about signings after all the reports that appeared in the media "My biggest problem right now is to defeat Villarreal, I don't want distractions. Since Monday we will start looking some names."

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