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Valencia

In


Jasper Cillessen (gk) Barcelona; Maxi Gomez (att) Celta Vigo; Manu Vallejo (mid) Cadiz; Salva Ruiz (def) Real Mallorca; Jason (mid) Levante; Alvaro Medran (mid) Rayo Vallecano

Out


Neto (r) (gk) Barcelona; Santi Mina (r) (att) Celta Vigo; Antonio Lato (sp) (def) PSV Eindhoven; Facundo Roncaglia (sp) (def) Celta Vigo

By winning the Copa del Rey and by finishing fourth, Valencia just had a season to remember. They were very difficult to beat and only lost seven matches in LaLiga all season, so would have finished higher if they’d been able to turn some of their many draws into wins. The aim for this season will be to consolidate their Champions League status. There hasn’t been much change at Valencia this summer as they planned for the new campaign, with coach Marcelino staying on and with only a few minor tweaks to the squad. The high-profile transfers of Valencia’s summer have essentially been swap deals, with some cash and other players thrown in, with the club swapping goalkeepers with Barcelona by trading Neto for Jasper Cillessenn and swapping strikers with Celta Vigo by trading Santi Mina for Maxi Gomez. They believe they’ve made slight improvements at these positions, but that remains to be seen. Valencia would’ve liked to have made more signings this summer, but their transfer planning was disrupted by boardroom politics and a major fallout in the offices. That seems to have been solved now, but they’re playing catch-up in the market. There should be serious optimism at the club as they do still have a strong squad and they have a coach who has built a style and made Valencia so difficult to score against and to defeat. That said, Marcelino’s methods often become tiresome for his players and the third season is often a bumpy one.

Target


Champions League qualification. While some at Valencia would like to see the club kick on and push for a top-three finish, the reality is that they’ll probably be battling with the likes of Sevilla for fourth.

Season Review
2018/2019

№4: Valencia

Valencia’s season got better as it went on. They were down in 11th halfway through the season, but a strong finish saw them move up to fourth position and means they have qualified for the Champions League. Throughout the season they were a very tough team to break down and to defeat, finishing with the third-fewest defeats (seven) and with the joint-second-fewest goals conceded (35). Their problem was that they drew far too often, drawing 16 times, which was the most of all teams in the division. This was because they didn’t score very many, netting just 51 which was just the seventh-most in the whole league. The injury issues suffered by record signing Goncalo Guedes played a role in the attacking struggles, that’s for sure. But the conservative tactical approach of coach Marcelino, who was heavily criticised at points, was also a factor. Valencia’s ‘let’s not lose’ approach to matches made them the kind of team that could thrive in knockout competitions, so it’s little surprise that their greatest joy this season came in the Europa League, where they reached the semi-finals, and the Copa del Rey, where they reached the final. Overall, this season was par for the course for Valencia. They have the fourth biggest budget in Spain and finished fourth. If they want to progress then they might need a more expansive approach and will need to bolster their attack.


Player of the Season: Daniel Parejo

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