La Liga: Valencia CF vs Atletico de Madrid Match Preview
Valencia CF will be looking forward to maintaining their unbeaten record when they host Atlético de Madrid tomorrow at Estadio de Mestalla.
After putting up a solid performance against Real Madrid on Matchday 2 – which eventually helped the Los Murciélagos to bag a point – Valencia CF will be keen to repeat their heroics again, when they lock horns against another rival from the capital in the third round of the competition.
Match Details :-
Date :- Saturday, 9th September 2017
Time :- 15:15 ( GMT ) // 16:15 ( CET ) // 11:15 ( ET ) // 20:45 ( IST )
Venue :- Estadio de Mestalla.
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Match Preview :-
Valencia CF :-
Having serious financial difficulty in mind, the club’s main priority this summer was to trim down the hefty wage bill, while keeping the squad competitive, and we can say they did what they had set out to do. Two of the highest earners Nani and Abdennour were offloaded, just like key full-back Joao Cancelo, while in came experienced players Neto, Kondogbia, Murillo and Gabriel, plus two talented youngsters Andreas Pereira and Goncalo Guedes.
The next step is for head coach Marcelino to rebuild the squad as soon as possible, but he does seem to be the right man for the job. Los Che are off to a phenomenal kick off to the new campaign having won four points from opening two fixtures with Las Palmas and Real Madrid.
Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia were on target against the reigning champions while the Italian striker Simone Zaza made the difference in the opening round against Las Palmas.
Atlético de Madrid :-
Atlético de Madrid had a dismal start to previous year’s La Liga. Atletico began the season looking rattled after their traumatic defeat in the Champions League final at the hands of their Madrid neighbours. Simeone’s defensive system, usually Atletico’s biggest strength, appeared rusty and soft. Their biggest signing of the summer, French forward Kevin Gameiro, struggled to fit into the physical demands that playing up front for Atletico involves. A very poor run of results in La Liga in November – one victory, one draw and three defeats in five matches, during which the team scored three goals and conceded eight – set off all the alarms.
Though, Atlético’s Champions League campaign was still alive, their poor performance in the domestic competition could have compromised their participation in the biggest European tournament for the following season, with catastrophic financial consequences for the club. In the sixth position at that time, that risk was real.
From that point onwards, and thanks to a few tactical and personnel decisions made by Simeone, the team recovered their swagger. They managed to finish 3rd in the Spanish elite division and also made it to the semi-finals of Champions League – where they were knocked out by eventual champions Real Madrid. Simeone’s men picked up silverware during pre-season after winning the Audi Cup thanks to victory over Napoli and a draw against Liverpool. Following the Audi Cup, Atletico could only manage a disappointing draw against Getafe but they did claim wins over Brighton and Leganes.
Los Colchoneros couldn’t sign any new players this summer due to their transfer ban, but they did secure a January deal for Sevilla star Vitolo and seem determined to bring Diego Costa back to Vicente Calderon. Atletico Madrid couldn’t prevent full-back Theo Hernandez from joining arch rivals Real Madrid, while also cashing in on some fringe players to further improve the financial situation ahead of the transfer ban being lifted.
Los Colchoneros disappointed their fans with a barely saved point against the league’s newcomers Girona on the opening day of the new season.
However, Diego Simeone’s men managed to get back on track in the second round when they notched as many as five goals past Las Palmas without the likes of Antonie Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro. The visitors are clearly high on confidence and they haven’t got too many selection problems at the moment.
Team News :-
Valencia CF :-
Valencia said goodbye to one of their star man in Nani on deadline day as he joined Italian outfit Lazio. Marcelino will be without three center backs as Ezequiel Garay, Gabriel, and Ruben Vezo each are set to miss out on the action.
Atlético de Madrid :-
Atletico will be without Antoine Grizmann for the last time as he serves the last game of his suspension, but Filipe Luis, Diego Godin and Kevin Gameiro have all recovered from injury. Simeone will have to observe the players returning from international duty before he selects his side but he will likely stick with the men who delivered a superb win over Las Palmas.
Likely Line-ups :-
Valencia CF :- Neto; Montoya, Jimenez, Murillo, Lato; Soier, Kondogbia, Parejo, Gaya; Rodrigo, Zaza
Atlético de Madrid :- Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco; Torres, Correa