Sunday, October 15, 2017

Real Betis vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Valencia CF have been performing admirably this season, we've seen a fighting spirit and drive in the players like we've not seen in quite a long time and this is key to success for any team. The crucial thing was for Peter Lim to learn that he can not run the club the way he imagines, that it needs a stable professional football hand and a team who is Spanish, is from the football culture and cares about the club.

Giving away his personal power over to other people, changing the leadership at the club and giving almost full rain and trusting the new leadership and management. This has paid off immensely and we saw good moves on the market in terms of players coming in, we managed to secure a great experienced manager and boy what a difference does it make.

All is not great though as the team still has issues to sort out, some of the players here are only on loan and players like Kondogbia we need to definitely secure as our own, otherwise all the success will be for nothing because there won't be consistency and stability. We need the same core of successful players to stay put together in order to achieve long term success.

Our results have so far been great and Valencia CF will be looking to continue this trend against Real Betis who have shown themselves to be tricky opponents this season. Valencia CF has also had issues dealing with weaker teams in the past several or more years, so this season winning against weaker teams must be maintained. The trials are just now starting, as Valencia CF has mostly faced tough opponents so far, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao,Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad, etc... We'll see if we can manage to consistently beat weaker opponents and not succumb to decadence, arrogance or bravado now that we've had a very good start to the season.

Valencia CF coach Marcelino is bringing in pretty much the same squad he has used throughout the season against Betis, with the biggest change being Kondogbia returning, while Maksimovic falling out of the squad. Fabian Orellana as always is not on the list, so a loan option is certainly in the cards for him in the winter transfer window. I was hoping Marcelino would give him at least one chance, but that is not the case and the last hope is Copa del Rey for him if he is to get any play time, or at least be included in the squad.

I'm not going to be losing sleep over that though as the team is performing well and we haven't needed Orellana, but he did deserve at least some play time based on his preseason performance in my mind. I'm not the trainer and I'm not seeing all the players performance on training, but from what I've seen I do think that Orellana deserved a chance.

Valencia CF squad:
GK: Neto, Jaume
DF: Montoya, Vidal, Garay, Gabriel, Murillo, Gaya, Lato
MF: Nacho Gil, Soler, Kondogbia, Parejo, Pereira, Guedes
FW: Zaza, Moreno, Santi Mina