Valencia CF vs Huesca

Dec, 23 / 12:00 Matchday 17

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
December, 23 2017

Valencia CF put up better offensive stats than Villarreal in every possible way, aside from on the score board

Marcelino’s side had more possession, more shots and had far more corners than the visitors

From the moment that Marcelino took over at Valencia CF, his team have shown each day their competitive spirit, with their defeat on Saturday versus Villarreal CF continuing to highlight that same fight. Despite beating their opposition in terms of every offensive statistic possible at Mestalla, they were still unable to take a share of the spoils for themselves.

Despite playing for an extended period with 10 men, Valencia CF had more possession that the Yellow Submarine (55.4%), had 22 shots on goal compared to Villarreal’s nine, and had 14 corners in comparison to the visitors’ one. The only thing lacking was goals, but the fans could not doubt the efforts put in by their players, and they let them know of their appreciation by giving the team a standing ovation on their way back to the dressing room after the final whistle.

A winning mentality while a player light

Despite being behind, Marcelino showed his winning mindset in the 69th minute, when he chose to replace Toni Lato with Santi Mina. Three central defenders were then utilised in Martin Montoya, Ezequiel Garay and Gabriel Paulista, with Goncalo Guedes and Andreas Pereira used as wing backs. At the very death, Neto even got involved by going up for a corner, but the Brazilian could only fire a close-range shot high and wide of the target.

Toni Lato started in Gaya’s injury absence

Marcelino was wondering whether to risk Jose Luis Gaya until the very last minute ahead of this game, but finally opted to go with Toni Lato. He had not started since Valencia’s last Copa del Rey fixture against Real Zaragoza, which took place on November 30th at Mestalla.

In the league, Lato’s last start had come on match day 12 against Espanyol. Marcelino previously chose to deploy the youngster at left back, with Gaya playing ahead of him as a winger. In the 64th minute of that game, Guedes replaced him.