Valencia CF vs Huesca

Dec, 23 / 12:00 Matchday 17

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
December, 17 2017

Ayala: “Valencia CF have a very good coach with clear ideas, and all of the players are united”

The Argentine central defender, who won many honours with the club, evaluates the qualities of the current VCF squad

Roberto Ayala is a recognised voice within the Valencia CF community. Now living in his native Argentina, the centre back has been watching a strong Valencia CF that has only lost two games across the course of the whole season. We got in touch with him after Saturday’s game against Eibar, and he reinforced the fact that after making such a good start (taking 34 points from 16 matches) the aim is to just maintain that same level of performance.

“Valencia CF is doing very well at present, now it is a question of sustaining it. It is not going to be easy, but they are going the right way about it. Long term, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have the ability to win long competitions because they have big squads and lots of players,” Ayala explained.

The former VCF defender does not underestimate the factor of the togetherness in the dressing room: “This Valencia CF have a very good coach with clear ideas, and all of the players are united. The togetherness is very important. Furthermore, the fans have starting to feel proud of their team again. I know Mestalla and if they are with you, you can almost be invincible. I am very happy for the fans and for Valencia CF. I hope that it can last until the very end.”

“Every year, including the ones where we were so successful, Valencia CF have always had to face up against clubs with bigger budgets. I don’t remember which moment exactly Atletico Madrid joined the two big clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona, but financially they are far bigger than we are, and therefore they have the ability to have the best players in the world. After the Guardiola era, which marked a real change in both Spain and Europe, Real Madrid brought in players, coaches and a winning mentality, which has made both clubs stand out above the rest.”

Valencia CF should always be battling against the biggest clubs, however, just as they did at the turn of the century, “Valencia CF were able to go head to head with the big clubs in the first few years of the 21st century thanks to their DNA, their organisation, the sacrifices they made, to not give up on anything, having the cheek to attack, being a direct team… they managed to get back to a place that they hadn’t been at for a while. The beautiful thing about this is that these things can happen, that there is another type of football, using these values, that can allow us to compete with them,” he said.