Marcelino, coach of Valencia, has managed to raise again a stockade around the Brazilian goal Neto. The black and white wall has recovered the solidity that accompanied it last season. The bat troop received Barça at the best time of the season after an irregular start. Resisted the Valencia, which in the last five games has only conceded two goals, by appointment in Old Trafford in the Champions League included and the visit of Barca, who had the necessary technology, that is, Leo Messi, to blow up that wall.
But Barcelona did not find the slit or with a spectacular record of passes: 991, not only the highest score of the Barça team this course (including all competitions), but the greatest number of touches to a teammate in any team in this league (beating Barça with 876 passes against Alavés). Moreover, the almost one thousand passes are the third highest mark at least since the 2005-2006 season, according to Opta. The two previous ones are also from Barça, and both against Levante: 1,046 passes in a duel in 2011 and 1,035 in the following year. Against Tottenham last week in the Champions League, the Barça players gave 681.
"We expected some filtered pass to win the game, but it has not come," said Ernesto Valverde. "Everyone has played their style. It has been a very disputed match in which the first play, his goal, has stunned us. Then they got very behind, they have been very supportive, very close together. It was a permanent fight, "added the Barca coach, who highlighted the role of Arthur, the player with the most passes, 134 -" that is our style ", he defined-, and who regretted the dynamic in which this season they have" to have again to come back. "
"I know very little the draw. Barça had possession, but it created almost nothing. We had very dangerous occasions. In the second part they had the ball, but without depth. It's a shame not to have achieved the victory because we deserved it, "said Marcelino. "It is impossible to hold the game high pressure because they have a good start and spaces are lethal," added the Asturian coach, who congratulated himself for having shown "being competitive in a week against Manchester United and Barcelona."
Valencia and Barça each collected the same number of passes, but the Valverde team had much more possession, 75.5%. Neither that nor the great record of passes served him to avoid chaining his fourth day in a row without winning LaLiga: Girona, Leganés, Athletic and Valencia. The 15 points added in these eight days are their lowest record since 2005-2006, the course in which they would finally win the League and the Champions League.