Saturday, January 6, 2018

Valencia CF vs Girona Match Preview

We all hoped that Valencia CF would start the new year in winning fashion, returning to the top form that led the team to second position in the table, but that chance was scrambled with a weak draw in the Copa del rey against Las Palmas. Don't get me wrong the result itself is actually in favor of Valencia CF, managing a draw with one goal scored away from home is a good position to be in for the return leg, but the issue was that the play just wasn't there and Valencia CF just did not look like it could score and we were on the back foot for most of the match. It wasn't until the 65th minute when the team actually started playing and in time we managed to equalize the result and get away with a draw.

The team just hasn't been the same for over a month now to the team that easily climbed to second position on the table and actually went head to head with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, easily dispatched Sevilla, and so on... Valencia CF coach Marcelino and the players need to react and this match gives them the perfect opportunity to do so. Valencia CF needs a win here in order to continue the Champions league run, otherwise a loss here would severely wound Valencia CF and when the others smell blood they are going to go for the kill every time against Valencia CF.

Good news is that we have acquired Vietto on a 6 months loan deal, with the options to purchase the player in the summer for a reported fee of about 13 million euros. With the issues we've had with injuries and the lack of goals scored for some time now, this should alleviate some of the issues and provide Marelino with more options, especially as Andreas Pereira hasn't celebrated himself with his performances, nor did we have a proper substitute for Guedes. Marcelino has relied on few of the youth players to provide cover, but that hasn't worked out so well and its clear that they need more time to be ready for the first team.
The cover options have been limited to us and when we've had injuries or when some of the first team have been out of form we've had no one to properly substitute for them and provide the same level of skill.

Valencia CF squad:
GK: Neto, Jaume
DEF: Nacho Vidal, Vezo, Garay, Gabriel, Lato, Gaya
MID: Andreas, Kondogbia, Maksimovic, Parejo, Ferran Torres, Nacho Gil, Guedes
ATT: Mina, Vietto, Rodrigo

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-4-2
Line-up: Neto; Vidal, Garay, Vezo, Gaya; Andreas, Kondogbia, Parejo, Guedes; Moreno, Vietto
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, fast tempo pressing, mixed style passing, winged attacks, counter attacks