Sunday, December 22, 2013

Valencia CF vs Real Madrid Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Real Madrid Match Preview
Stadium:  Mestalla
Date: 22:12:2013; 21:00 CET
17th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Nico Estevez and Carlo Ancelotti

Valencia CF has been at best mediocre from the start of the season, with terrible play and even worse results, which culminated last week with the sacking of Miroslav Djukic. The sacking didn't come as a surprise to anyone and in fact it was long overdue. Current Valencia CF president Salvo waited too long to make the decision and thus the team suffered for longer than it should have. Now a new coach doesn't automatically mean the team will start playing better and get results, but at least it gives the team a chance.

Valencia CF moved fast after they sacked Djukic and instantly contacted Pizzi, acquiring about his services. He initially rejected Valencia CF as he was determined to see out his contract with San Lorenzo, but supposedly our new sporting director Ayala talked to him and was able to change his mind, with Pizzi agreeing to join Valencia CF and moving to rescind his contract with San Lorenzo. 
Now things look set and done, as he has ended his contacts and agreed to a deal with Valencia CF, the official contract signing is expected in the next 24 hours and the official announcement and taking over is expected within 48 hours. 

What can we expect from this match then? Well, I'm not going to lie, not much. I mean it would be really great if the team doesn't embarrass themselves and lose 5-0, that would be terrible. What would be a good showing is a tight match with a 1-0 loss, what would be great match is to manage a draw and what would be fantastic match would to to actually win, no matter how we achieve the win. 

I'm pretty much expecting a loss though, I'm preparing myself, so that I don't get disappointing if we lose and I had unrealistic expectations. Right now Valencia CF is a mid table team with no winning mentality, with no confidence, no style of play, no urgency in the play, nothing. 

If Real Madrid are up to their best, they should absolutely destroy this current Valencia side and win 3 or 4 goals to 0. Anything else would be considered pretty bad for them and they are already in a pecurious position on the table and anything but win would have them lose too much ground with the top 2 teams. 

I haven't been too much up to date with injuries and suspensions, but I think all players are available. Excuse me if I'm wrong, and please point it out in the comments and I'll get it fixed.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups): 
Formation: 4-2-3-1 
Line-up: Guaita; Joao, Ruiz, Mathieu, Guardado; Fuego, Banega, Fede; Canales, Bernat; Paco. 
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, medium frequency wing attacks, low short passing.