With two games left to play away from home, Marcelino’s side have the club’s second-best points tally on the road for a decade
One of the things that Valencia CF’s new coaching staff wanted to encourage when they arrived last summer was the idea that the team will be competitive and win games no matter the situation. It wouldn’t matter who they came up against, nor where they played against them. The squad have responded well and have taken 28 points from their first 17 away games in LaLiga, numbers which have only been bettered at this stage of the season back in 2010/11.
It is this clear strength that has been shown which means that the group are heading to play against Villarreal CF on Saturday with the confidence that they can get a result on a day where they can secure Champions League football for next campaign. If Real Betis manage to beat Athletic Club, Marcelino’s men require a point. Until now, Valencia CF have taken eight wins away from home and have drawn four times on their travels.
The last time that this exact fixture was played in Vila-real, Valencia CF took a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Carlos Soler and Santi Mina. If Marcelino and company can pull off the same result on the weekend, Champions League football would be theirs.
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