Thursday, July 10, 2014
Valencia CF Pre-season Schedule
Here we are. The pre-season fixtures are on the way in less than a week. The squad is in Germany to begin their training camp and play some friendlies against SpVgg Bayreuth (who play in the fourth division of the German League), and FC Nurnberg (who were relegated this year to the second division of the German League). Then the squad will travel to South America to compete in the first pre-season cup competition known as the Euro-American Cup 2014. There they will face locals Alianza in Peru and Universidad Catolica in Chile. Finally the club will travel to England to play in the 2014 Emirates Cup hosted by Arsenal. There the squad will play against AS Monaco FC and then against S.L.Benfica. Then, they will travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. To finish off the preseason, Valencia CF will play the Orange Trophy Challenge against AC Milan at the Mestalla. You can see the dates in the schedule below.
15 July 2014 - SpVgg Bayreuth
19 July 2014 - FC Nurnberg
26 July 2014 - Alianza
29 July 2014 - Universidad Catolica
2 August 2014 - AS Monaco FC
3 August 2014 - S.L.Benfica
12 August 2014 - Manchester United FC
17 August 2014 - A.C. Milan
This pre-season should give us a glimpse of what to expect of Nuno and the squad this season. The final three games especially should give us an idea of where we stand. We could also see Valencia CF use Benfica's own players against them when Lim's purchase of the club is complete. Training is going very well so far and the squad is being introduced to Nuno's style of play. In addition, I said earlier that this could be a chance for the new coach to re-evaluate some of the players who Pizzi deemed unnecessary. For example, it seems so far that Banega is doing well (maybe that loan to Newell's gave him motivation) and could very well remain with Valencia CF for this season despite being rumored out of the club but we'll have to wait and see. On another note, remember last year's pre-season which was also in Germany. Djukic struggled against fourth division teams only to manage good performances against AC Milan (despite losing 2-1), Inter Milan (beating them 4-0), Everton (beating them 1-0) and Olympiacos (beating them 2-1). Despite finishing the pre-season on a strong note, Djukic's season was a disaster to say the least. I am really optimistic now about Nuno. I hope he does great.