Monday, November 21, 2016

Valencia 1-1 Granada post-match thread

I have to apologise for the lack of a usual match report, but I was unable to get a reliable stream for this game, meaing I only watched the first 20 minutes and the last 25, so I'm putting up this thread instead for people to comment.

From what I saw of the game, though, there's little to add to what I've said in previous match reports. It was the same old story. Tonnes of possession but little real chances to show for it. We were woeful in the first 20 minutes and only marginally better at the end. Granada are the worst team in La Liga, coming to Mestalla with 4 draws and 7 defeats from their opening 11 games and 9 goals scored. Yet despite all that, and a 5-4-1 formation which was clearly designed to park the bus, they, like so many other teams, managed to score. That's 39 games out of 40 we have failed to keep a clean sheet. Granada were rubbish and are going down to Segunda and on the strength of performances like these, we have every chance of joining them. If we can't beat Granada, who can we beat? Valencia have really hit rock bottom, with little sign that we can exit from our malaise. The only way I can see us avoiding the drop now is if other teams are even more rubbish.

From the parts of the game I saw, Cancelo and Nani were the best on our side, though Nani's replacement for Bakkali was a little weird.

What do you think? Is there an exit from this?