It’s been over a decade since Valencia hit the heights of their league rivals, winning La Liga and the UEFA cup under Rafa Benítez. After this extended dry patch could Marcelino Garcia Toral have finally found the winning formula ?
Boasting the best home form in La Liga, and winning 13 out of the last 14 games, Valencia really have hit the first half of the season firing on all cylinders. Toral seems to have a counter attacking system that clicks with the squad he has at his disposal. In each of Los Che’s la Liga games they have played so far, they have remained the lesser in Posession, yet only conceeding to defeat once. Valencia
It seems this year Valencia have found a balance of old guard and youth product, with Marcelino utilising Valencia’s world renowned La Canterà. Carlos Soler, José Gayà, Javi Jiménez, Santi Mina and Toni Lato among a few of players involved in La Liga so far this season, and the trust shown in Carlos Soler in particular seems to be paying off achieving four assists to date.
Having one of the most exciting players Valencia have seen for years in Guedes has also had an impact in the rejuvenated Simone Zaza, second only to Messi for goals scored so far this campaign.
It’s clear Marcelino’s management of the squad he inherited was second to none after a poor couple of seasons under previous managers, but let’s not forget some excellent recruitment this summer. Signing Guedes on loan from PSG speaks for itself with five assists and three goals, Neto drafted in from Fiorentina contributing second most La Liga saves (55) and six clean sheets, but most impressive is the once highly tipped midfielder Kondogbia, who struggled to live up to his potential since his Monaco departure, but has since Marcelino to thank for believing his ability once again.
Having such a great start to the season, and superb recruitment, it is intriguing to see how Marcelino and Valencia can build on this momentum, and if the potential of Justin Kluivert coming in from Ajax is to be believed, then the future could be brighter than ever for Los Che.
Its been along time for fans of Los Ches to be excited about La Liga, and their is hope that Valencia can live up to that former potential.
If Marcelino continues his superb leadership, who can see this current group of players slipping up and who could write them off a title challenge.
Valencia face Eibar away from home his weekend, where a good win is expected, taking them full confidence into “la Derbi de la Comunitat“.