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All change for Irureta and Lippi

Published: Tuesday 19 February 2002, 20.00CET
Both coaches have made changes to their lineups before tonight's encounter in Turin.
 
 
 
Published: Tuesday 19 February 2002, 20.00CET

All change for Irureta and Lippi

Both coaches have made changes to their lineups before tonight's encounter in Turin.

The Delle Alpi stadium in Turin is the setting for this evening's UEFA Champions League Group D encounter between Juventus FC and RC Deportivo La Coruña. After two rounds of matches, all four teams in the group are level on three points, so both sides will be looking to take three valuable points from tonight's meeting.

Great start
Juventus go into the game top of Group D by virtue of goal difference - their 4-0 home victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen giving the Italian side a great start to the competition's second group stage. However, a 3-1 reverse at Arsenal FC on Matchday Eight pegged back Marcello Lippi's team.

Domestic bliss
For the first time since September, Juventus are top of Italy's Serie A table after a recent string of superb domestic results. Lippi's side have now gone eleven Serie A matches without defeat and their run of success has been in part due to the outstanding form of David Trezeguet.

Trezeguet set to stay
The French striker has scored 14 Serie A goals in 22 matches this season, a tally that has fuelled rumours of a move to Group D rivals Arsenal. But Trezeguet this week played down the gossip, explaining: "In my opinion, I would like to stay at Juve, I feel great."

Four changes
Trezeguet and his strike partner Alessandro del Piero are both in the starting lineup tonight, but Lippi has made four changes to the side that lost at Highbury in December. Defenders Paolo Montero and Igor Tudor make way for Ciro Ferrara and Mark Iuliano, while Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Birindelli have forfeited their starting places to Antonio Conte and Edgar Davids.

Sitting seventh
Deportivo's domestic form has been less impressive, but despite slipping to seventh position in Spain's Primera División, Javier Irureta's side are only three points behind leaders Valencia CF. Four defeats in their last eight league games, including last weekend's 3-2 defeat at FC Barcelona, may have damaged Deportivo's Spanish title hopes, but their Champions League ambitions are still very much alive.

Lone furrow
Deportivo will look to erase the memory of their last European venture tonight - after defeating Arsenal 2-0 on Matchday Seven, they were beaten 3-0 by Leverkusen. Irureta has also made four changes to the team that lost in Germany. His defensive formation sees Roy Makaay, Fran González, Emerson and Donato Gama, recently injured, all sit out in favour of César Martín, Sergio González, José Amavisca and Diego Tristán, who will plough a lone furrow in attack.

'Team needs livening up'
Speaking after the Barcelona defeat, Irureta said: "Juventus won't have as many chances as Barcelona but we'll have fewer opportunities as well. I was a little worried about the way Barcelona scored their goals. We'll have to be able to keep our concentration in defence continually against Juventus. There will be changes in the starting lineup for this game, because the team needs livening up."

 
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