Valencia CFTOThe team has 11 points in 11 games after a defeat at Mestalla
MwhileMarcelino argues that Valencia is not in crisis, the days pass and the team not only does not react but rather widens the spectrum ofsymptomswho do moreobvious its fragility. After eleven matches, the black and white teamhe has only achieved one victory, against Real Sociedad, has tied eight meetings andhas lost to Espanyol and Girona.
The defeat of the Saturday in Mestalla adds a novelty in the diagnosis. TheValencia was superior,"someti" -the termit was used by the coach Eusebio– Girona and had several clear occasions. And in spite of everything, he fell defeated. To the teamtoo many problems have accumulatedthroughout these months and has not been able to overcome them.
It is the most powerful cause that Marcelino recognizes to justify the bad results. The match againstGironaIt is a paradigm.27 auctions (9 at the door)and no goal.Rodrigo(1 goal) is not from last season,Minehe has missed many matches for injury andBatshuayi(1) andGameiro(1) they have not responded to the investment that the club has made for them -16 million the transfer of the French and 3 million the transfer of the Belgian-. The Asturian coachhas tried all possible combinationsand none has worked, at least to score goals. The Valenciahas 7 goals in 11 games, only the Betis, in the absence of a day, worsens these numbers. The only match in which he has scored more than one goal was the Cup against the Ebro of Segunda B.
Marcelino includes in this section, above all, the internationals that played the World Cup and had a summer 'moved' by their future. It is the case ofGuedes-that they enter the margin in the PSG waiting to resolve their arrival in Valencia-,Batshuayi-I need a lot of shooting before I start playing- andRodrigo, who probably thought that his options to leave the club were open until the last day. Thethree belong to the attack areaand they should be the most destabilizing at this moment.
Since the beginning of the season, Marcelino has not been able to count on the entire squad. The course started withCoquelinabsent for a long-term injury. And then they have been happeninglosses of different durationin key positions:Garay, Kondogbia, Santi Mina, Guedes, Cheryshev and, nowEqual. Although the case of the captain deserves a separate reflection.
Equalits Tfar from your best wayand that has made it possible to become the target of criticism. At least until this week I suffereda muscular injury that prevented him from playing against Girona. It is true thatValencia did not play as fluid as last yearand that in that situation the best version of the captain was missed. There have been games in which the team did not create excessive danger and the forwards have hardly had clear opportunities. SurelyParejo has also missed the best Kondogbia, while the French midfielder has been injured, or when he has returned with less incidence in the game than last year.
The technician, idolized until a few months ago in Mestalla, begins to be questioned. Marcelinohe has remained true to his drawing 1-4-4-2base in spite of the losses that coincide in several days. He has already explained on more than one occasion that introducing changes can be interpreted by the players as aSymptom of insecurityin the work that has been done."You have to keep insisting", repeat. Do not forget that the Valencia last year walked steadily through LaLiga had no other competition that distracted him. But neverthelessthis year the accumulation of matches with the Championsit is being noted even though the template is long. Against Girona,Mestalla reproach him loudly that he did not make the last two changesuntil the 82nd minute: "Tard because I saw that the domain was good, on the outside we played well, on the inside as well and we were arriving.I did not think that the changes had to be made before", I argue later.The harrows of the standsat the end of the meetingthey were also for Marcelino.