A spirited first half performance against the champions saw Depor create a number of chances, entering the break a goal to the good. However, they couldn't hold on, eventually losing 2-1.
Deportivo have a host of options once again with the return of Manuel Pablo and Zé Castro from injury, and the former is likely to replace Kaká at centre-back.
Pizzi and Riki will be hoping to display the same understanding that had Los Blancos on the ropes, with holding midfielder Alex Bergantinos admitting: "We have to win at home to Rayo Vallecano to stay alive."
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