He came out in a difficult moment after Valencia CF went down to 10 players and had a great performance
Coquelin, six months after breaking the Achilles tendon in a training session at the Paterna Training Ground, was placed next to Carlos Soler with more than half an hour of play ahead and with the team down to 10 players. A few seconds later he stole a ball and Layún had to stop him in his run, which cost him the yellow. Given the local superiority, Valencia CF had to get more compact as a team and Coquelin along with Carlos Soler, tried to close all the spaces in their area and thatto prevent Villarreal CF players from being comfortable.
The midfielder did so and it felt like he was fully recovered, as his teammates often looked for him to try to oxygenate football in the wide field. He makes it easy, his passes are quick, he creates spaces and makes the rest of the team move forward. I play and pass, what was most convenient for Valencia CF in a phase of greater pressure from Villarreal. A 10 for Francis Coquelin. Welcome back to Valencia CF.
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