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2020/2021

Valencia

In


Jason (mid) Getafe – end of loan; Toni Lato (def) Osasuna – end of loan; Uros Racic (mid) Famalicão – end of loan; Álex Centelles (def) Famalicão – end of loan; Álex Blanco (mid) Real Zaragoza – end of loan; Àlex Carbonell (mid) Fortuna Sittard

Out


Rodrigo (k) (att) Leeds United; Ferran Torres (k) (mid) Manchester City; Francis Coquelin (r) (mid) Villarreal; Dani Parejo (k) (mid) Villarreal; Ezequiel Garay (r) (def) Released; Alessandro Florenzi (sp) (def) Roma – end of loan; Jaume Costa (sp) (def) Villarreal – end of loan

Valencia had a really disappointing 2019/20 and, rather than get better during the off-season, they seem to have gotten even worse. After finishing down in ninth last year, Valencia have sold several of their best players because they need the money. Ezequiel Garay, Francis Coquelin, Dani Parejo, Ferran Torres and Rodrigo have all left. Not only were these five players starters, but they were some of the very best players in last year’s squad. It’s going to be very tough for Valencia in 2020/21, then. They have a new coach too in the form of Javi Gracia, who has had some success in LaLiga before with Malaga. Yet, the size of the task that faces him is huge. It’s difficult to find strengths in this Valencia team given that they have suffered important personnel losses throughout the spine of the team. They do seem to have kept last year’s top scorer Maxi Gomez, so that’s at least one minor victory. The weaknesses, though, are significant. They’ve lost solidity and creativity, as well as experience. This is now a very young squad and they might not be ready to compete at the highest level every week. They’ll be expected to compete, though, purely because of the stature and history of the club.

Target


Europa League qualification. Even though Valencia missed out on Europe last year and have then significantly weakened in the summer, expectations at the club are high and they’ll still aim for a top seven finish. That would be some achievement if they manage it.

Season Review
2019/2020

№9: Valencia

Valencia have had a very poor campaign, missing out on Europe and failing to defend their Copa del Rey crown. There are many reasons for it, but the main one is that they sacked their very successful coach Marcelino after just three matches. He went not because of poor results, but because of a dispute with ownership. Albert Celades came in and had a very tough job convincing this squad that was loyal to Marcelino. The league form was poor, but Valencia had some success in the Champions League by winning a group that contained Ajax and Chelsea, even if they crashed out vs Atalanta in the last 16. Overall, Valencia were in mid-table for most of the LaLiga season. They only spent eight total weeks inside the European spots, so can’t have many complaints about ultimately missing out. There really wasn’t much for Valencia to be happy about this season, but the form of the young Ferran Torres was one bright spot. Even that could be seen as a negative, though, since they can’t get him to sign a new contract and it expires in 2021. There are many complicated contractual situations like that at the club and they also need to find a new coach as Celades has been sacked. There is a lot of work to do at Valencia to get this club moving in the right direction again.


Player of the Season: Ferran Torres

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