Step up! 5 Valencia players who can make a difference

Let’s face it. It has been a forgettable transfer window. The pandemic has hit Valencia hard financially, forcing the club to be prudent. Big names have left. It sucks. But now is a chance for the rest to step up. Batzine looks at 5 who can play bigger roles. 1.) Goncalo Guedes Valencia’s 40-million euros record signing […]

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Uninspired Los Che crumble to a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis

Squint a little and there was something oddly familiar about Valencia’s defeat to Real Betis at the Mestalla on Saturday night. This was a forgettable occasion for Javi Gracia’s under-conditioned team and revealed glimpses of what went wrong last season: shoddy defending, a lack of conviction and desire to win.

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Valencia eye Casablanca after setting up academy in Marrakech

For years, Valencia had established academies across continents like Asia, North America and Europe. So when the time came for it to launch its first academy in 2020, it decided to look across the Strait of Gibraltar to its closest neighbour — Africa. The reception for the Marrakech academy has been encouraging. When it first […]

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Why did one of football’s rising stars leave Arsenal for Valencia?

Yunus Dimoara Musah was midway through a training session with the England Under-18 squad in late 2019 when he realised he had improved significantly. He found that he was half a second quicker on the ball, read the game better, and all-round tactical nous and positional discipline that little bit sharper.   “I’ve noticed the difference […]

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Goncalo Guedes turns on the magic as Valencia storm past Osasuna in 2-0 win

Welcome to the Mestalla, Goncalo Guedes. We’ve been expecting you. On a humid Sunday evening on home soil, Valencia’s 40 million dollar record signing produced a scintillating attacking performance to give Los Che their first win in 11 matches, reigniting their hopes of a top four finish in the process.

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Toothless Los Che concede at the death against 10-man Levante in frustrating derby

Well, that escalated quickly. A goal up on 89 minutes: 1-1 at the final whistle. On a stifling, slightly wild night at the Mestalla, Valencia failed to capitalise against a 10-man opposition — a lack of conviction and killer instinct permeating through a poor performance.

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