The Brazilian goalkeeper shone against SD Eibar and has kept a clean sheet in 10 LaLiga games
When the Mestalla fans saw Neto flying from one side of the goal to the other to keep out a deadly-looking free kick from Pedro León on Sunday against SD Eibar, it confirmed what they already knew. Valencia CF have a life insurance policy between the sticks. The outstanding save surprised no-one, as it reflects what he’s been doing all season.
Against SD Eibar, Neto kept everyone at bay, and it was the 10th LaLiga game in which he hasn’t conceded. He made two saves on Sunday to take his total to 108 for the season, being the LaLiga goalkeeper with second-most saves (only beaten by Pacheco of Alavés with 110), and the best average for saves per game of the top five keepers, with 3.38 saves per match. No-one has stopped more shots from outside the box than Neto, with 51, and he has also saved two penalties.
Marcelino is really happy with the performance of his two goalkeepers, proving day by day just how good they are. Neto, after two seasons having played 22 games for Juventus, is feeling important again at Valencia CF. Under Marcelino he has played 32 league games, getting the confidence he needs to be a “wall” between the sticks. His next target is to confirm Champions League qualification, and why not go to the World Cup in Russia with Brazil, too.
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