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Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
February, 23 2018

Nacho Vidal: “So much sacrifice and effort was rewarded at Anoeta”

The full-back admits that being in the Valencia CF first team squad is its own reward

Nacho Vidal Miralles meets Real Sociedad once again. It was matchday six in the first half of the season when the Valencia right-back scored a “golazo” at Anoeta after a sprint down the wing and a gorgeous touch over goalkeeper Rulli. Since that 24th September, the Alicante-born player hasn’t lost hope of being important for Marcelino García Toral, and keeps fighting every day in training to be involved in this exciting season for the Mestalla club.

Remembering that day at Anoeta, Nacho Vidal tells valenciacf.com that “I’ve got great memories of that game, and what’s more, to win at a stadium like Anoeta, to be able to contribute with a goal, my first in the First Division. As well, by coincidence it was my mother’s birthday. I think she was the first person I thought of when I scored, and I’m sure she was supporting me from Alicante.”

What have you kept from that game?

I’ve kept the shirt I wore that day. I’ll always treasure it because of what it means, not just because of playing, but also winning with Valencia CF and scoring a goal. Now I’m waiting to frame it, I still haven’t had time.

What was it like that night after the game?

After the game in San Sebastián I remember getting a lot of messages from a lot of people who were happy for me, messages from people who’ve been with me for a long time and have always supported me. In the end, I recall that huge feeling, of so many people close to me. For example, in my hometown Campello they all congratulated me and I felt really proud. They’re beautiful moments and it will be hard for me to forget that day against Real Sociedad.

The next day you were the main protagonist, how did it feel?

You analyse everything more, you come back to earth, because that night you’re up in the clouds with so much joy for the team and yourself. You think about all the work you’ve done, all the sacrifice you’ve made and that you’ve got your reward. It’s clear that being in the Valencia CF first team squad is its own reward, but to see that things are going well and see the fruits of your efforts is really satisfying for me and my family, who have always supported me.

Why did you celebrate your goal that way?

I put two “antennae” on my head for my girlfriend, because of a joke we have. Some people said it was a rabbit, some said it was a snail, but no-one was right. It confused people, but anyway, that goal meant a lot to me.

Nacho Vidal was one of the key players in the spectacular campaign of VCF Mestalla last season, ending in a stunning play-off to win promotion to the second tier, just lacking a goal to go up at the Carlos Belmonte in Albacete in the last game of the knockout ties.

With no time to disconnect after that last commitment with the B team, he joined Marcelino’s squad last summer on merit, becoming part of the first team squad. Nacho Vidal has played 7 games this season, five in LaLiga and two in the Copa del Rey, scoring one goal, at Anoeta against Real Sociedad.