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Julian de Guzman at Depor 2007-08


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New thread on the new Depor under coach Lotina, who was at Real Sociedad last year relegating, and before at Espanyol. Serious coach, low key, friendly type. Seems he is emphasizing possession and perhaps will not be so obsessively defensive as Caparrós last year.

Lots of changes for the team as Julian becomes more and more one of th experienced vets on the team. They have sold Duscher, Capdevila has gone to Vilareal, Andrade to Italy (la Juve I think), Arizmendi to Valencia, losing players in all lines. Rumour is is that they want to sell Coloccini, so that would be another hole. In turn they are signing promising youth from 2nd div., bringing back players on loan from lower divisions, and will give more playing time to the two stars for Spain at Swangard, Barragán and Adrian López. The only higher profile signing is Guardado the Mexican attacking mid, also young. They seem to still be looking for a left back. A key player who is still injured is Valerón, who if he ever does get healthy would be very important for the team.

In the two friendlies vs. lower level teams this past week Julian has not played, not sure if he is nursing an injury or was given more time off. This upcoming week they have two friendlies in Portugal at Maritimo and Paços. Starting slowly, and then to the club's summer trophy, one of the most famous and oldest in Spain, the Teresa Herrera (vs. Atalanta their semi, other semi final Real Madrid vs. Os Belenenses, with a third place match and then final, starting in a week).

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Lotina analyse of his team:

Julian De Guzmán: He is all mobility, he's able to reach any place on the pitch and is very agile. He is able to do interesting things with the ball and although he isn't at the top, he's always able to make good internal passes. He isn't the typical organiser but he's able to make good passes. He is a really interesting player.

find on http://www.deportivo-la-coruna.com/news.php

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Guest Jeffery S.
quote:Originally posted by ubuntu

Lotina analyse of his team:

Julian De Guzmán: He is all mobility, he's able to reach any place on the pitch and is very agile. He is able to do interesting things with the ball and although he isn't at the top, he's always able to make good internal passes. He isn't the typical organiser but he's able to make good passes. He is a really interesting player.

find on http://www.deportivo-la-coruna.com/news.php

Thanks, the whole article, though badly translated, was quite interesting. This team is lacking experience and a lot of the young guys are going to have to step up and play like veterans. Right now only Sergio and maybe Manuel Pablo have the experience, but players like Lopo and Julian are going to have to become team leaders this year. None of the strikers is proven, if they get a player with a dozen strikes or three players over 8 goals over the season I'll be surprised.

Sounds to me like he is actually thinking about moving Julian into a playmaking role, getting him closer to the goal. This could mean seeing him do for Depor what we saw at the Gold Cup, and if that happens successfully, including him scoring, Julian is going to draw some attention in La Liga this year.

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