Saturday, May 3, 2014

Real Madrid vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Real Madrid vs Valencia CF Match Preview
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
Date: 04.05.2014; 21:00 CET
36th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Carlo Ancelotti and Juan Antonio Pizzi

This has been one of the worst seasons for Valencia CF since I became a supporter in 1998, not even the Ronald Koeman era was this bad, in fact this could probably be the worst season Valencia has had in the past decade, if not more.

I admit when the team is playing bad and the results are terrible I tend to slowly but surely avoid watching matches, I was covering the season with great enthusiasm at the start, I think for about 3 months when the terrible showing was too much for me to stomach. Since then I've barely been posting on the blog and thanks to Amunt Valencia we've had some activity here, else the blog would have certainly died. So big thanks to Amunt Valencia for taking the time to keep you guys informed as much as he could. 

As the season is coming to an end though I'm getting optimistic for the next season, long ago I accepted the fact that this season is lost and that we are likely to fail and not get anything out of it and that is exactly what happened, but with the closing sale of the club with the new season looming I can't help but feel very optimistic about Valencia CF chances for next year. 

I've talked in a previous post about team building campaign and this is what next season is for, build a new team with the young players, mix it up with enough experience and reinforce with 1 or 2 key players in their prime at 25 to 27 years old and install a winning mentality and good team play. I believe our current coach Pizzi has the ability to do so, I really think he has the knowledge and experience to build a team and make them great. 

For the remainder of the season the team has to basically finish off the season, but this is an opportunity to start team building early. Since there is no pressure of losing anything or failing, we need to reevaluate the players and see how they cope. Real Madrid is a good opportunity to see the team's strengths and weaknesses, knowing Real Madrid just destroyed Bayern Munich 5-0 in the Champions League.

Until the end of the season Real Madrid also have a chance to win the Spanish Premier League title, even though Atletico Madrid is leading right now. There are 2/3/4 more matches to be played and anything can happen, so Real Madrid are still in the competition for the title. This win would be crucial for Real Madrid, its a must win match for them if they are to have any hopes of winning the title and can't allow themselves to fail.

Valencia CF on the other hand is playing for pride and nothing else, nothing to win or lose, though as Pizzi said the team has to leave the best impression and finish the season in style, the team mustn't disgrace itself and must play to win. 

Valencia CF squad: 
Goalkeepers: Guaita, Alves
Defenders: Joao Pereira, Barragán, Mathieu, Ricardo Costa, Vezo, Bernat
Midfielders: Parejo, Keita, Javi Fuego, Míchel, Feghouli, Fede
Strikers: Jonas, Vargas, Vinícius, Alcácer

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-4-2
Line-up: Alves; Barragan, R. Costa, Mathieu, Bernat; Keita, Parejo, Feghouli; Fede; Paco,Vargas.
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, high frequency wing attacks, mixed passing, double defensive line, offside trap

Result prediction:
Real Madrid 2-1 Valencia CF
As much as I would love for Valencia CF to get some good result against Real Madrid, the best option of winning, the realistic output is likely going to be a defeat. Real Madrid have the home advantage, most of their squad are fit and healthy and they have been playing some really good, really great football lately, plus are more rested that Valencia CF who played their match on Thursday.