Valencia CF vs Huesca

Dec, 23 / 12:00 Matchday 17

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
December, 14 2017

Bjorklund: “What Valencia CF are managing to do deserves a lot of credit”

After playing for the club between 1998 and 2001, the former central defender reflected on the work that Marcelino has been doing so far this season at Mestalla

Joachim Bjorklund previously pulled on Valencia CF’s jersey for three seasons, between the years 1998 and 2001, during which the club played in two Champions League finals, as well as winning the Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup and the Intertoto Cup. After the club’s great start under Marcelino, who has completely changed the complexion of things at Mestalla recently, Bjorklund analysed their progress.

“What Valencia CF is managing to do deserves a lot of credit, because they stand to change everything compared to last season and take a step up. The truth is that Valencia have done this very quickly and find themselves five points off FC Barcelona, and after the great start which they’ve made, that isn’t easy,” the Swedish ex-player explained.

“They are making the best start in their history, it is a phenomenal season so far and I think the team looks very good. They reacted very well to their first defeat against Getafe, it was important to pick themselves up after that. I see a team that works hard defensively, which is totally different compared to recent years.”

“They are benefitting hugely from players such as Zaza and Rodrigo, but there have also been players that have arrived and are putting in good performances, such as Guedes, Kondogbia, the central defenders Murillo and Paulista. I agree that the team had to build from the back, not conceding across various games is a huge advantage. Defending is the easiest thing to do in football.”

The dressing room aren’t getting ahead of themselves and won’t look beyond next game, which is an attitude that Bjorklund agrees with.

“To use 'Cholo' Simeone’s phrase, go game by game. At the moment there are three big teams in LaLiga. Atletico and Real Madrid are behind, and so achieving qualification into the next Champions League would be phenomenal, but they have to see how the match days go. If at the end they’re near the top, you’re allowed to dream,” he said.