Roberto “Raton” Ayala was the main focus of VCFRadio’s ‘Som Passio’ program this evening, where he analysed Luciano Vietto, who he previously came across at Racing Club in Argentina. He also speaks about Marcelino, who he worked with at Real Zaragoza, and how he continues to enjoy Valencia CF from afar in Buenos Aires during a season where the club have found themselves again.
How do you see Valencia CF’s start to this season?
“It is normal that after some years of uncertainty, where the fans weren’t enthusiastic about the team, that this football is now something that the fanbase identify with, and Marcelino has given the team this DNA to be able to compete as one. I have really liked watching them a lot from afar, sat among the top teams where they should be."
What do you think of Marcelino? He was in charge of you at Real Zaragoza.
“He works hard, he doesn’t leave anything to chance, he has a very good team of staff that compliment him very well and they see things within the team to be able to take the right decisions. He is involved in the day to day, in setting the humble attitude, they all only think about the collective rather than the individual. He works a lot to make sure that everyone in the group feels important, he takes a lot of care with you. They know everything that is happening with the group, they are alert to make sure the player has all of the necessary information and doesn’t need to hear it twice.”
Mestalla has forgiven Dani Parejo: is football unfair, given what has happened?
“Dani went through a tough period, to the point where they talked about him leaving, but he fought back and he's now the captain, an example to follow, the man who holds the reins of the team. I am very happy that things worked out this way."
Did you know about Guedes? Mestalla loves him.
“Not as well, but yes I knew of him. He has come into the right place at the right time, and he feels comfortable. Although he has only been here for a little while, he feels good and has the trust of the coach, that powers everything. The player has come in and at the moment he is a player that can make the difference with the ball at his feet, he can feel what is going to happen. Everyone wants to watch Messi have the ball in order to see what happens afterwards, and at Valencia CF this is the same with Guedes."
You helped to discover Luciano Vietto, what can he offer?
“Vietto is one of those strikers that can create chances on his own, he has this ability when he has the goalkeeper in his sights. He likes to be among the goals and I hope that he has the constant opportunities to provide the performances that everyone is expecting from him."
Can he hit the same heights as he did last time under Marcelino?
“They have confidence in each other, they understand one another. When you know the coach and he believes in you, you part ways with a certain advantage. I hope for him that things go well, because it will be both good for him and Valencia CF.”
What did you see of him during his spell in Argentina?
“He adapted to whatever system, he is not a number “nine” for the penalty area, he can play there but he doesn’t have a fixed position. He can play with his back to goal, he can get out wide… I see these things in him and in tight spaces he moves really well.”
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