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Espanyol vs Valencia CF

Nov, 19 / 16:15 Jornada 12

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
Noviembre, 12 2017

Murillo's rebirth

The Colombian centre back is in a rich vein of form having recovered the confidence lost during his spell in Italy.

Jeison Murillo is back in LaLiga playing with Valencia CF, with the player needing a new stimulus and not  thinking twice when the opportunity for a move arose. Coming to Valencia was always an attractive proposition and time has proved him right, with the player receiving the support of the playing staff and first-team squad. On the field of play, little by little we're starting to see the best of Murillo, with the Mestalla faithful enjoying witnessing the rebirth of the Colombian player.

As the 25-year-old himself acknowledged, the collective performance of the team is a key factor that impacts on individual performance and this current Valencia CF team is helping each player raise their own game. Murillo, currently on loan with the club in a deal expiring on June 30, 2019, has regained his confidence levels and with the addition of hard work, is seeing dividends pay off on the field of play with an accentuated collective winning mentality. In the current campaign Jeison Murillo has been involved in seven LaLiga matches (544 minutes), completing five full games delivering solid performances alongside the other centre backs. His impressive performances have obliged Marcelino to rotate this position with each player realising his key-role within the squad.

Following two seasons with Inter Milan, where the focus was on physical prowess and tactics, Jeison has  returned to a faster, more explosive higher quality style of football in LaLiga. Speed, organisation and a keen sense of interpreting play are part of the player's personal portfolio, all harnessed with that contagious passion that a packed Mestalla is capable of generating.

He's happy at the club and after securing considerable playing time and a renewed confidence he has become the player in the team who has made most interceptions (along with Martín Montoya) and is second in the ranking of players who have won physical duels with opposing sides (only bettered by Zaza). The Colombian and Garay are also the players responsible for most clearances this season. Impressive individual statistics that illustrate just how integral a player Murillo is to the collective.

As the player himself admits upon being posed with the question about his playing level, he readily acknowledges that “the day today is key in helping one to grow, improve and learn, first team playing-time also helps you gain experience and at present things are working out well. It's also key that the team is performing well and I can count on the coach's confidence and when one feels good at a place then things work out better”. Jeison does have his feet on the ground though, aware that there is still some work to go in helping return Valencia CF to where they belong.

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