Spain’s Surprise Package

Each season, from the top leagues around Europe there tends to be at least one surprise package. This can be as extreme as Leicester City winning the league or Juventus failing to wrap up another Scudetto before February. So far in La Liga we have Valencia.

Now 2nd in LaLiga following the weekend round of games, Valencia are cruising having netted 17 goals in their last 4 matches. A Real Betis comeback did loom for a period of time before ‘Los Verdiblancos’ succumbed to a 6-3 defeat. They play 4-4-2, tight, compact, extremely quick on the break and aren’t worried about dominating possession.

This summer Valencia found the right manager (Marcelino García Toral) and made the necessary changes higher up in the club (Mateu Alemany, once at Mallorca, is a football man and widely respected).  Every transfer is agreed with Toral, as it should be, but such is football nowadays it no longer goes without saying.

The summer targets of Goncalo Guedes and Andreas Pereira were bought in on loan with Diego Alves, Enzo Pérez and Álvaro Negredo all heading in the opposite direction. Worth keeping your eye on Geoffrey Kondogbia too. Valencia will always be a selling club, a club that once had my 2 favourite players in Europe on their books; Silva and Isco. However, it’s nice to see a different top 2, even if for a fleeting moment.



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