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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Valencia 4 - 4 (6-5) Rayo Vallecano Match Report

There will be a lot of people criticize the tactics of Nuno, however players needed to be tested and others, rested. The fact that he changed so many defenders at one time though is open to question. Also the criticism of him not making bold changes has been dispelled by the three substitutions at half time leaving us with no chance of taking off an injured player which almost amounts to recklessness.

Man of The Match Paco Alcacer

The fact is though we are through to the next round, players were  rested and others given an opportunity.

It all looked to be going well when in the first minute Parejo bought a good save from the keeper with a well hit shot and after 8 minutes after a great run from Rodrigo  Paco opened the scoring from a rebound after Rodrigo hit the post.

Vallecano equalised after 20 minutes with a header after some slack marking in the defence. After 21 minutes Paco had another good chance but his chip was easilly saved by the keeper . More drama a minute later when a good turn and shot by Pozuelo put them back in front and equal over 2 games.
On 37 minutes everything went wrong when the defense just totally messed up and Pereira put the visitors in front leaving Yoel with no chance.

For the second half changes were desperately needed and that is  what we got.  Off went Gil, Augusto and Cancello. On came Negredo, De Paul and Piatti. You could feel the atmosphere change in the ground and within a minute we were back in it.  Negredo played some great wing play and put the ball over from the right. Piatti missed  hit it as it and as it was going wide, but Paco Alcacer who else, was there to steer it home. 

Now all we needed was to go on and get to get a pot full of goals and win the game. However this is football and soon It had all changed when Rayo scored yet another goal to make it 2.4  where we could surely now be out and concentrate on the La Liga battle. But things have a habit of changing and Rodrigo after another great run, De Paul slammed the ball Against a post Paco and our man was there as usual to put the finishing touch for his third..... Game on. At this stage we are still out if the score stays the same because of the away goals rule, however drama it over and after a challenge by Mustafi on the keeper Rodrigo slams home the loose ball to make it 4.4. The keeper seemed a little upset that a free kick was not given  and was so lucky to stay on after his protestations in the face of the referee. The usual frantic last minutes were punctuated only by a stupid sending off of Rodrigo who kicked out in anger for no reason and was rightly dismissed by the referee. 

Player  Ratings:
Yoel  5  Could do nothing with The goals but just unfortunate to have been in goal again on a bad day for the defense.
Vezo 5    Had a good game and needed playing time
Cancelo 6    Played really well and looks very good prospect and explains the absence of Jao Perreira
Mustafi 6   His usual German efficiency and reliability, our BMW
Orban 8  Has to be my second man of the match and good to know we have any able replacement for Gaya. Just pipped as M.O.M.
Parejo 4 Had a poor game and did not seem to get involved enough for me and gave the ball away too many time
Gil 4    Same as Parejo very ineffective and rightly taken off, I is not a wide man for sure.
Augusto 5   I would still like to see more of him because I think he will be a good player for us given the chance
Gomez  7  Another great game, he was the midfield and involved in all the good moves
Rodrigo 7    Spoiled a great performance by the silly sending off but much improved
Alcacer 8  Man of The Match three goals and could have had another with a little luck.
Negredo 7.  Really hard working and made all the difference when he came on
Piatti  6      Unlucky not to score and did his bit to liven us up
De Paul 7   Another great game, has to be to regular starter now, surely

Monday, December 15, 2014

Valencia CF vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Rayo Vallecano Match Preview
Stadium: Mestalla
Date: 16.12.2014, 22:00 CET
5th matchday, Copa del Rey
Coaches: Nuno Santos and Paco Jemez

Valencia CF will host Rayo Vallecano tomorrow at the Mestalla, the third time these two teams have met, once in the cup, last game in La Liga and tomorrow for the second leg of the cup. Valencia CF is coming to this match with one goal advantage, as the first leg between the teams ended in a 2-1 victory for Valencia CF, but Valencia's team will be further emboldened by the fact that they just beat Rayo Vallecano again, this time in the league by three goals to nil.

Coming with with high confidence into this match is coach Nuno Santos as well, who's opted to rest key players like Otamendi, Gaya and Feghouli for this match, feeling that the team can win either way, especially with 1 goal lead already achieved on away terrain.

Paco Alcacer will be available for selection tomorrow and chances are he is going to start the match, having had to sit out the match in the league due to red card suspension, but will be keep to start tomorrow and score a goal, as the battle for starting position has truly begun, with Negredo being slightly favored so far by coach Nuno Santso. Paco will want to prove that he is in top form once again and no better way than to score at least one goal tomorrow against Rayo.

This will be Valencia's second last match for this year, the club still has to play against Eibar this year and after that there is a short 2 week winter break, before the matches start of again on January 4th 2015. Valencia's technical staff are looking to strengthen the squad this winte, with Peter Lim keen to bring Enzo Perez and Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica, though few other names have been mentioned as well, including Juan Mata, Javier Pastore, Arturo Vidal and few other names. 

Valencia CF Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alves, Yoel
Defenders: Barragan, Cancelo, Vezo, Mustafi, Orban
Midfielders: Fuego, Gomes, Parejo, Felipe, Zuculini, Gil, Piatti, De Paul
Forwards: Negredo, Paco, Moreno

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-3-3
Line-up: Yoel; Cancelo, Mustafi, Vezo, Orban; Zuculini, Parejo, Felipe, Gil, Paco, De Paul.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, mixed passing, deep laying defensive midfielder, counter attacks.

Match Result:
Valencia CF 1-0 Rayo Vallecano
I'm expecting a small 1-0 victory for Valencia CF. The team just beat Rayo 3-0 in the league, but with a bit weakened squad and possibly quite a bit of changes we are likely to see a more closer match, though I do sure hope the team surprises me and win big.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Match Report Valencia 3-0 Rayo Vallecano

Why do we go to football? Drama, excitement, controversy, entertainment, well it was all there at the Mestalla tonight.

A bright start by both teams and after 10 minutes a good shout for a penalty when Barragan was brought down in the opposing area, but as it was not Ronaldo and so no penalty.

De Paul was taking the place of Parejo and right from the start seemed determined to to make the move permanent. he was involved in the the better moves from the home team linking up well and looking like he had been there all season.

 Feghouli opened the scoring with a great glancing header in the 13th minute from a good cross from Barragan and after 34 minutes forced the ball in from a rebound from the keeper after a header from Negredo to make it two. Right from the restart Piatti picked up the ball and ran through the Rayo defenders before sliding home to make it 3.0 in the 36th minute.

Man of The Match FEGHOULI

We were all looking forward to a few more goals in the second half but it was not to be,  although the pace never eased up with both teams going all out attack but Valencia held on and prevented  the usual late goal against them. It could have been more though had Negredo and Rodrigo, who came on for De Paul near the end finished off good chances.

A strange atmosphere for the first 40 minutes with the Curva Norde seemingly making their point about being banned from singing obscene chants by remaining very quiet.  The team did not seem over affected though and managed the 3 goals which eventually, with the help of the other 3 sides of the ground, brought them back into life, proving that they can support the team vocally without the obscenities

However a 3.0 win is good news and keeps us just behind the leaders with a long way to go before the season end.


Alves 6    Made to host great saves but nearly gave away a silly goal when trying to dribble around Baptistão Instead of clearing it.

Barragan 7   Did his job well tonight and made ​​the first goal. Looking better recently.

Otamendi 7   The usual top rate performance and is going forward more now and improving his passing.

Mustafi 7  Another good performance covering well as usual.

Gaya 6 Another good game but I would like to see him getting a few more crosses over like he did earlier in the season.

Fuego 6  Solid usual at the back but limited action  going forward.

Gomez 6  Good performance spoiled by  two silly yellow cards seeing him sent off in the 70th minute. 

De Paul 7  Great performance in the middle and  surely must be starter from now on and not before time.

Feghouli 8  Man of the match for me. Two goals and a good all round performance, if only he could  find some consistency.

Piatti 7  Another player when on form, like tonight is worth his weight in gold.  Showed great confidence when running through to score and never looked like he was going to pass it to anybody else.

Negredo 7  Missed a few good chances but worked tirelessly for the team and helped out all over the pitch.  The goals will surely come. A silly booking for dissent.

Augusto Needs more playing time, Please I want to see more of him, Must stop getting yellow cards every game.
Orban Needs more playing time, Really deserves to be played more, we don't want to lose him.
Rodrigo Needs a rest. Gone off track a little recently but an amazing talent.

So what do you think: 

Orban to get more play time resting Gaya ?
De Paul to get more time playing ?
How about Piatti,  genius or too lightweight ?
Augusto  Is he good enough ?
What about Vezo, didn't he use to play for us at one time ?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Preview Rayo Vallecano 1800hrs Saturday 13/12/14

Saturdays visitors  Rayo Vallecano.  We will soon be fed up with seeing them with 3 games in 2 weeks, they are currently sitting 11th in the table having lost 7 of their 14 games so far his season.

With our 1-2 victory there in the Copa Del Rey on 7th December, we can only hope that we can continue tomorrow and again on Tuesday when we meet them in the return match at the Mestalla. in the Copa Del Rey.

It looks like Rodrigo may be replaced by De Paul at long last. I think Rodrigo has had enough time now to improve his form but it is just not happening for him at the moment.  It seems to me that he and Paco have not really shown good form since they were picked to play for Spain.  I don't know why that is.

The Brazilian,  Leo Baptisto and Spanish striker, Alberto Bueno seem to be their main threats this season provided they play.  A victory is so important after what has been happening recently and another win on Tuesday should lift a few spirits.  Defeat in either game is not really an option.

Valencia CF Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alves, Yoel
Defenders: Barragan, Cancelo, Vezo, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gaya, Orban
Midfielders: Fuego, Gomes, Zuculini, Felipe, Gil, Feghouli, Piatti, De Paul
Forwards: Negredo, Moreno

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Diego; Barragan, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gaya; Fuego, Felipe, De Paul, Gomes, Piatti, Negredo.
Tactics: High defensive line, own half pressure, short passing, deep laying defensive midfielder, counter attacks.

Match Result:
Valencia CF 2-0 Rayo Vallecano

This is a must win for Valencia CF, else the team risks falling into a crisis and only bad things can happen from that. So here goes believing the team will win, after all we just beat Rayo in the cup, albeit luckily, but the team must react to the string of bad results and have a good game, which they win comfortably.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's That Time of The Year Again

No not Christmas but the silly season with all the rumours of comings and goings. Javi Fuego destined for West Ham; Unlikely I think....... Unless of course Enzo Perez does actually come to Valencia. The latest news in Spain is that Man. Utd. are willing to pay the offer price of 30 million euros but strangely enough there is very little mention of it on their own websites and blogs. Joao Moutinho, Kevin Strootman and a return of Nemanja Vidic seem to be their main targets at the moment.

Also, what about the mystery player from P.S.G. apparently he played against Barcelona last night and their previous game and was being watched by representatives from Valencia.Who might it be, any ideas ?

I guess there will be many more rumours and twists and turns in who is coming or going before the end of January.  Also talks of possibly Lucas Orban going to Boca Juniors. I really hope it is just a silly rumour because I think he is a great prospect if only he was given more time to prove himself. He must be getting fed up sitting on the bench and at the age of 25 should be playing regularly.So will Gaya go to Real Madrid for big money and Orban slip into the left back position, time will tell.

Good to see Alcacer get the 2 game ban reduced to one game. I have to say that was one of the worst referees I have seen for a long time on Sunday. How Cordoba stayed on the pitch after all the fouls and assaults I can't imagine and then he goes and books Parejo and the other guy for absolutely nothing.

I guess I should introduce myself as I am new doing this blog and helping out. My name is Mick.

Real Madrid interested in Jose Gaya

Real Madrid are interested in Valencia CF left back Jose Luis Gaya who's proven to be top quality left back this season and at just 19 years of age he is one of the most promising football players in the world today, so not surprisingly Real Madrid are looking into acquiring his services.

Real Madrid's coach Carlo Ancelotti isn't too keen on Fabio Coentrao and with Marcelo not getting any younger he is looking for a player to be the long term replacement for Marcelo, with Coentro having already found himself standing at the exit door.

The two clubs have good relationships though and Real Madrid wouldn't force the issue, but they do have a ton of money and could either reach Gaya buyout clause or big cash offer and of course which player wouldn't want to play for such a big club, so they do have that on their side as well, as they are able to persuade most players to join them.

Paco Alcacer suspended for two matches

Paco Alcacer has been suspended for two matches, following the red card he got against Granada. He was already starting to fall behind Negredo and now he basically gave away his starting spot without even competing.

This is a big blow for the team though as Nuno has been playing with two strikers almost exclusively and the fact that we don't have a replacement from the bench is worrying, especially after the string of bad results we've had.

Its also going to be interesting going into the next match to see how the team responds and what tactics and lineup will Nuno use.