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Coach Javier Irureta remains
confident that Deportivo Coruna will lift their first Spanish
championship -- despite leaving room for Barcelona and Real
Zaragoza to snatch the prize after the 0-0 stalemate at Racing
Santander on Sunday.
Deportivo have 66 points from 37 games and host Espanyol in
their final game of the season on Friday.
They lead Barcelona and Real Zaragoza by three points
despite two successive draws and taking only two points out of
nine in their last three games.
"Everything is in our favour," Irureta said.
"We've got the advantage, but we've got to get a point --
and we should not rely on anyone but ourselves."
Memories remain of what happened at the end of the 1993-94
season and Deportivo fans fear that lightning may strike twice.
A missed last-minute penalty by Deportivo's Miroslav Djukic
-- now with Champions League finalists Valencia -- after regular
penalty-taker Bebeto refused to take the spot kick, allowed
Barcelona to grab the crown.
Brazilian midfielder Mauro Silva, one of the few survivors
from that season, said his club were not about to lose their
nerve again.
"History is not going to repeat itself, that sort of thing
only happens in films," said the 1994 World Cup winner.
"The difference between this season and 1994 is considerable
because this time we only need a draw," club president Augusto
Cesar Lendoiro said. "We are going to be the champions."
Lendoiro -- and everyone involved with Deportivo -- will
still need strong nerves.
Should Deportivo lose, both Barcelona and Real Zaragoza will
overtake them if they win.
Barcelona have split their head-to-head encounters with
Deportivo but boast a superior goal difference. Zaragoza have
won their two league games against Deportivo this season and
also have a slightly better goal difference.
Barcelona will be expecting three points at home to Celta
Vigo on Friday, having lost only once to their visitors in 39
meetings.
The last time the Catalans succumbed to Celta was in 1942,
before Barcelona moved to their present home at the Nou Camp.
Real Zaragoza have a more difficult task the same night at
Valencia, who will want to guarantee Champions League
participation next season despite reaching the final.
In order to keep his players' minds focused, Irureta has
again banned radios and mobile phones from the Deportivo
dug-out.

I hope Deportivo will do it! they deserve it!
 

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Heh, the last match is on Riazor, Djalminha is back, I could not wish more, but I was disappointed by our playing against Racing, I guess without Djalma we are lost. Anyway we can be champions for the first time in history, and this year seems to be the year of the teams with less trophies (Bayer L, Lazio, and Valencia for CL). That's why I'm optimistic :)
 

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Yes, Deportivo are very lucky and they will win thx to the CL this year. Bth real and Barca lost to muvh strength there and you were VERY lucky. But it will be at least a draw in La Coruna. Hala Deportivo. And about all the little teams...Real madrid will win the CL, not Valencia.
 

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Labas, I don't intend that these have to win any trophy or something, I just meant that they are supported by media, by a bigger part of the society because this society wants some change. They are more tolerated and their mistakes are easily forgotten.
 
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