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Friday, October 31, 2014

Valencia CF interested in Arturo Vidal

Now that Peter Lim is officially the new owner of Valencia CF, the club is looking to bring in two new midfielders in the winter transfer window.

Bruno Zucculini is not pleased with what little playing time he's received and his parent club Manchester City would like to see him get more minutes as well, so its likely that he'll be ending his loan deal with Valencia CF in the winter transfer window, leaving Valencia CF with just 4 midfielders left, 3 of which are constantly playing in the team.

Now that Parejo is injured for 2 to 3 weeks, its made things clear at just how thin the midfield is and Peter Lim wants reinforcements so that the team can double down on the good performances and secure a Champions league spot.

The positions being looked at are another playmaking type midfielder in the mold of Parejo and another defensive midfielder to compete with Javi Fuego.

On Valencia's radar is Enzo Perez, a player Peter Lim has been chasing since the summer and Arturo Vidal from Juventus. Reports in Italy suggest that Vidal relationship with the new coach are very poor and he is looking to leave in the winter with Valencia CF being in pole position to acquire his services as Peter Lim is ready to spend at least another 50 million euros in the winter transfer market for reinforcements and its said that Juventus would be willing to depart from Vidal for a sum of 25-30 million euros.

Forum and blog news

Today I'm pleased to announce a forum to go along with this blog. If you guys/gals can go check it out and tell me your impressions there.

Its supposed to be open to guests, but I haven't tested it out, so I need feedback on it. Also the forum might not properly display for some time, its still propagating the nameservers to a new host, so just try later if you can't reach the blog or if its giving you error message. 

Also I'm looking for someone interested to manage my clubvalenciacf facebook page, I'm too strangled with updating the blog and just keeping up with the statistics is a big task, so I'll need one or maybe even two facebook page managers. Also check out the statistics page if you haven't, it has all the major stats there, updated quite regularly and all matches are updated in now.

Right now I'm using a free host for the blog, of course if it actually gets off and has good traffic and I have problems of downtime with the free host or other issue, I will get paid hosting. 

Valencia CF to offer Nuno contract extension

Valencia CF is set to offer the coach Nuno Espírito Santo a contract extension that would keep him for more than one year at Valencia CF.

Now that Peter Lim is the official owner of Valencia CF, he is pleased with the work the coach has done and would like to see him stay for more than one year at Valencia CF.

Nuno Espírito Santo current contract expires at the end of this season, he only signed 1 year contract in case things went bad, so that they club didn't have to pay huge penalties for breaking his contract, but since things have been going very well and the club and new owner are pleased with his performance they are going to forge a new 2 year contract extension.

Nuno is also excited to extend his contract with Valencia CF, so the contract negotiations are going to go smooth and fast. Its likely that the contract will mostly stay the same, possibly with small improvement of the salary with addition of bigger bonuses for reached objectives like Champions league qualification and reaching the finals of the Spanish cup.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Official: Peter Lim the new owner of Valencia CF

Its official ladies and gentleman, Peter Lim is the new owner of Valencia CF. This means Peter Lim now owns 70% of the shares in Valencia CF, the majority stock that the 'Valencia foundation' used to own.

The agreement for the refinancing of the debt was reached earlier in the previous day on the 24th on central eastern European time with Bankia and this meant that Meriton can officially purchase those shares and become the owner of Valencia CF.

We don't know the details of the debt refinancing, its supposed to be around 230 million euros that Meriton will have to pay off in the next 2 years I think, but at this point we just don't really know. Hopefully it becomes more clear as more information is shared.

What this means for Valencia CF is that new loan players like Moreno and Gomes and others will become ownership of Valencia CF and Peter Lim can now also move in the winter transfer market and bring in more reinforcements.

Peter Lim has already invested over 60 million euros in reinforcements for Valencia CF, Negredo costs about 25 million euros, Gomes and Moreno together cost around 30 million euros.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Deportivo 3-0 Valencia CF Match Report

What a miserable performance from the team as a whole and a miserable match for Valencia CF. The team got a taste of its own medicine with 3 goals scored, but for the opposing team. Valencia CF were notorious for scoring three goals from few chances and today that got reversed on them as Deportivo pretty much scored three goals from like 5-6 chances at most.

The defense was in shambles from the first moment on, it was one of those matches where it felt uneasy from start when Deportivo were attacking and it looked like Valencia CF could break any moment. Unfortunately that turned out to be true, the first goal you can say Deportivo were kind of lucky, but the goalkeeper did not do enough, he kind of sat there on the line without coming forward to claim or punch the ball away, Mustafi was too out of position there and all could have been avoided though if the team didn't lose possession so easily as well. There were less than 2-3 passes and the team would lose possession, that is too weak, that is low level tier club possession levels.

The second goal for Deportivo came from a similar situation, Valencia CF kind of losing possession, the team is not fully positioned, Mustafi is out-jumped and the ball is headed forward to a Deportivo player, Barragan is slow to close the gap, Yoel is badly positioned and bam they score a second goal. Completely avoidable goal, but it seemed as nothing is going Valencia's way.

Nuno did two changes at half time with Feghouli and Gil in and some of the weaker performers out and it did help, Valencia CF looked more concise and more dangerous in attack, the team had more possession, but there was no final ball, no concise chance. Moreno had a good enough chance on a pass from Gil, but he shot wide, Paco failed to latch onto two passes, one from Moreno and one from the center in midfield, so that could be counted as two missed opportunities, but nothing really concise.

We even saw Gaya really doing great offensively in the second half, but it just wasn't enough against a defensively solid Deportivo side. The key to this game was not to concede and then compete on who scores one goal, but Valencia CF conceded twice, in the first half, due to terrible defending and the match was pretty much lose right then.

Towards the end Deportivo made it 3-0 for good measure and put the match to bed. This is a devastating loss for Valencia CF and not just the fact that we lost  a good opportunity to be in second spot on the table with 20 points, but because of the way the team lost. It was a rather poor performance, the usually reliable defense was really poor and the team had no ideas going forward, while the midfield kept losing the ball time and time again.

I just hope Peter Lim takes over as soon as possible and then we will see reinforcements in the midfield, whether its Enzo Perez or someone else, it will be good for competition in the team and will give us more options as well.

Also having Alvaro Negredo fully fit and ready could really help in situations like this where his direct running and experience can really benefit the team.

Technical Details:
Deportivo de La Coruna: Fabricio; Juanfran, Insua, Sidnei, Luisinho; Cuenca (José Rodríguez, m.78), Wilk, Medunjanin, Fariña; Cavaleiro (Toché, m.63) Lucas Pérez (Juan Carlos, m.57).
Valencia CF: Yoel; Barragán, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gayá; Javi Fuego (De Paul, m.76); Rodrigo, Augusto (Feghouli, m.46), Parejo, Piatti (Carles Gil, m.46); Alcácer.

Player Ratings:
Yoel 3 - Terrible debut for the highly rated goalkeeper. Didn't move out of his line on the cross for the first goal and was badly positioned for the second goal. Will be very disappointed with his performance once he watches in back.
Barragan 4 - Beaten a lot of times from his side and was always one step slower it seems. Was lucky enough that his mistakes didn't result in goals.
Mustafi 2- Terrible performance from the German international. Had so many mistakes I can't even count it. I've said time and time again how I prefer Vezo and I think this match proves why. Partially at fault for both goals and had more mistakes as well.
Otamendi 7 - Had a solid match and had to work twice as hard to cover for the mistakes his partner Mustafi did. Did well though and had several blocks and interceptions. Can't do it all by himself though.
Gaya 7 - Had a decent defensive showing, beaten once or twice by Juanfran, but overall did good and was released offensively in the second half when Gil came in and provided several good crosses and passes.
Fuego 6 - Had several important blocks in the mid to stop Deportivo advancing and was solid with his marking. Did everything right, but that wasn't enough to prevent his team conceding three goals.
Parejo 5 - Really poor performance, too wasteful in possession, his movement was very casual and he didn't have much options, but should have taken the huge load on his shoulders and helped the team, he just failed. As a captain and a regular starter he needs to do a lot more.
Felipe 4 - Terrible performance from the midfielder, committed so many terrible fouls and any one of those could have been yellow cards. If it was another referee he would have definitely been red carded.
Moreno 6 - Was the only forward to even get the ball more than once in the first half and was the most dangerous man throughout the match.
Paco 5 - One of his weakest matches for Valencia CF, didn't have much service at all, but could have dropped back and try to get the ball and help out the team.
Piatti 4 - Was completely irrelevant and all of his runs just ended up giving the ball away to Deportivo. Really needs to become more consistent and to work better with the midfield and Gaya.
Carles Gil 6 - Was a lot better than Piatti, provided a genuine threat down the left flank and provided some good passes and crosses, unfortunate to not have created a goal.
Feghouli 6 - Definitely a positive change on the match, his runs from the left were always dangerous and provided some more sturdiness to the team, but couldn't materialize his good performance with goals or assists.
De Paul N/A - Not enough time

Man of the Match: None
Flop of the Match: Skhodran Mustafi
Best offense: Rodrigo Moreno
Worst offense: Pablo Piatti
Best defense: Nicolas Otamendi
Worst defense: Skhodran Mutafi
Best possession: Carles Gil
Worst possession: Felipe Augusto

Deportivo 2-0 Valencia half-time update

Well Valencia CF is down 2-0 at half time against Deportio. Even my rather conservative match prediction said 1-1 and here we are 2-0 down.

I got to say for me Mustafi is just not good enough, I know a lot of people like him because he played like two games for 15 minutes at the world cup and technically he is a world cup winner, but he is just not good enough.

Partly at fault for the first goal and partly at fault for the second goal as well. First goal he was off in his marking and jumping and the second goal he was off on his jumping as well, allowing the opposite player to head the ball forward. Of course Yoel made a big mistake as well for the second goal as he was badly positioned and his reaction was slow.

Right now Yoel and Mustafi are both at 3 rating for me. Both are mostly to fault for the goal, Barragan has also been quite lacking in defense with 4 rating right now.

Felipe Augusto also hasn't benefited much to the team and feels like Parejo is playing alone going forward. We haven't seen any combination from the forward line and all of the attacks are breaking in that final third. There needs to be better passing and more options there.

The match could still be salvaged, but the team needs to have chances. I think at this point remove Felipe and bring in Feghouli. play 4-4-2. Fuego and Parejo central midfield, Feghouli on the right, Piatti on the left and Moreno and Paco in the center of the attack.

But yeah, I think defensively the team was weak and those goals could have been prevented with better defending and goalkeeping.

Deportivo vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Deportivo vs Valencia CF Match Preview
Stadium: Riazor
Date: 19.10.2014; 17:00 CET
8th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Víctor Fernández and Nuno Santos

The international break is over and its time for club football again. Valencia CF will be vising Deportivo La Coruna this Sunday and looking to continue its great winning streak.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid won their respective games this weekend, so Valencia CF will definitely need a win to keep its second position on the table. Valencia CF coach Nuno has said the team is looking for a win and anything else would be a big disappointment.

These are the type of matches Valencia CF needs to win in order to compete with the top clubs and to be able to have a chance for Champions League football, something which the club misses so much as it brings a lot of money and viewership which in turn brings the shirt sponsors.

The players who were on international duty all did very good, Paco scored in his matches, Moreno also featured for Spain for the first time and immediately had an assist and Otamendi also featured on one game for Argentina.

The big blow for the match against Deportivo La Coruna is the injury for Gomes, so he would not be available tomorrow, while a lesser issue is Orban's injury as well. Negredo is also going to wait for at least a week for his first start and Nuno has made it clear it will do things slow with him, so expect Negredo to at best get about 10 minutes next week.

Valencia CF squad: 
Goalkeepers: Alves, Yoel.
Defenders: Barragán, João Cancelo, Vezo, Otamendi, Mustafi, Gayà.
Midfielders: Javi Fuego, Zuculini, Felipe Augusto, Dani Parejo, Feghouli, Robert, De Paul, Pablo Piatti, Carles Gil.
Forwards: Paco Alcácer, Rodrigo Moreno.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups): 
Formation: 4-3-3 
Line-up: Diego; Barragan, Vezo, Otamendi, Gaya; Fuego, Felipe, Parejo; Feghouli, Paco, Moreno.
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, midfield triangle, short passing, offside trap, deep laying defensive midfielder.

Match Predictions:
Deportivo La Coruna 1-1 Valencia CF
This is going to be a tough match for Valencia CF. Few of its players were on international duty so they will be a little bit tired probably, Gomes who's been a big part of the team is also injured and it just so happens to be an away match against the always tricky Deportivo. So I'm looking at a draw here, I think its either going to be 1-1 or 0-0 draw, if its 0-0 for long periods Valencia CF may actually score. Hopefully Valencia CF wins, I'm predicting a draw.