Sunday, March 1, 2015

Valencia CF 2-0 Real Sociedad Match Report

Valencia CF wins for the 4th straight match in a row, tallying up good 12 points from the last 4 matches. Ever since the 1-0 loss to Malaga, Valencia CF have been in great form, playing a lot better, having more midfield control and most importantly securing their matches.

Big contribution to these great results has been Pablo Piatti, ever since he came back from injury he's been in top form and has contributed in all matches significantly and today was no different. Pablo Piatti scored both of Valencia's goals, and sure the first goal was a rather lucky one, it was deflected off of Real Sociedad defender and it went it, but a goal is a goal and he'll be happy with it.

Valencia CF were really comfortable in today's match, especially in the second half, but even before that the team created more chances and were more dangerous on the flanks and counter, with Real Sociedad failing to muster up any significant chances.

The first goal for Valencia CF would come after a throw in, the ball reached Parejo down the right wing, he moved forward a bit and shot the ball in the penalty area, with Pablo Piatti being at the right place. His shot was blocked, but the shot was deflected into the empty net with the goalkeeper having thrown himself in the wrong direction.

The second goal would come in a similar fashion, this time it was Sofiane Feghouli who received a long pass, he used his pace to race past a Real Sociedad defender and pass the ball into the penalty area where Piatti was waiting and he easily slotted the ball into the net.

After the two goal lead it was smooth sailing for Valencia CF, keeping control of the ball, attacking through the wings, though nothing too major. The coach Nuno Santo changed both the wingers, though a bit erroneously in my opinion didn't take out Daniel Parejo who could have gotten a yellow card and missed the next match against Atletico Madrid. Fortunately though he didn't get yellow carded and will be available for the next match.

Technical Details:
Valencia CF: Diego Alves; Antonio Barragán, Shkodran Mustafi, Nicolás Otamendi (Lucas Orban, m. 46), José Gayà; Dani Parejo, Enzo Pérez, Javi Fuego, Pablo Piatti (Rodrigo de Paul, m. 80), Sofiane Feghouli (Rodrigo, m. 67), Álvaro Negredo.

Real Sociedad: Rulli, Aritz, Ansotegi, Iñigo, Yuri (Finnbogason, m. 69), Elustondo (De la Bella, m. 65), R. Pardo, Granero, X. Prieto, Canales (Hervías, m. 46), Agirretxe.

Goals:
Pablo Piatti 1-0, 52 min. Assist Daniel Parejo
Pablo Piatti 2-0, 55 min. Assist Sofiane Feghouli

Player Ratings:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Valencia CF could invest 50 million in summer reinforcements

Valencia CF sporting director Francisco Rufete announced at a Spanish radio station that Valencia CF could invest up to 50 million in summer reinforcements if the club qualified for the Champions League.

He reiterated how important it is to qualify for the Champions League and that doing so would give Valencia CF significant boost of money, allowing them to stay within fair play rules and still invest 50 million in new players if there is a need.

As you all know with Peter Lim at the helm the club can easily invest 50 million euros and more to bring in new reinforcement, but the issue becomes the Uefa fair play rules and Valencia CF has to stay within them. Peter Lim also wants the club to be profitable and turn out a net positive each year.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Jose Luis Gaya to sign new Valencia CF contract

Jose Luis Gaya is close to extending his contract with Valencia CF. The club has been working really hard trying to tie in the players with expiring contracts next year and earlier this year it was Paco's contract that was extended, now we've learned Pablo Piatti is also to to sign a contract extension and Jose Luis Gaya will be the next in line to be tied in long term with the club.

Right now Gaya has a very low release clause set at only 18 million euros and with his impressive performances this season he is gaining the attention of top clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City and other, but the new contract will have a very high release clause set somewhere around 40 to 45 million euros.

Its also said that his salary would more than double with the new contract and would have Jose Luis Gaya stay at Valencia CF until 2020. With interest from Real Madrid very high, Valencia CF are eager to get this done and secure Gaya at Valencia CF for the next 5 years.

Red Bull to sponsor Valencia CF?

Will Red Bull sponsor Valencia CF?
Red Bull officials have met with Valencia CF officials and held talks about some sort of partnership. Red Bull sponsor a ton of sports teams, athletes and competitions, they actually have a Formula 1 team, though they haven't been too involved in football, but in the past few years they've been making strides to get involved more in football. Obviously they are not doing this from the goodness of their hearth, they get advertisement, brand recognition, improve their image.

Red Bull and Valencia CF officials talked about partnership and finding mutual language and spheres where they can work together, right now its all in the open and its not clear what type of involvement they want, for example even though Valencia CF doesn't currently have a shirt sponsor they have sponsors, its just that these are smaller sponsorships and they use advertisement in the stadium and in the press conferences.

So the question is does Red Bull plan to become a shirt sponsor which means they will need to spend a lot of money, likely in the region of about 4 million or are they looking for some smaller involvement.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pablo Piatti to be offered new contract

Pablo Piatti
Pablo Piatti has impressed with his performances this season and has been a key player for Valencia CF, so its no surprise that Valencia CF have offered him a new and improved contract that would keep the player until 2020. The negotiations are just beginning, so its likely going to be at least two weeks before an agreement is reached, but its said that Piatti is looking forward to penning a new long term contract as he is happy at Valencia CF.

Apart from him Valencia CF are also looking into extending the contracts of Daniel Parejo, Sofiane Seghouli and of course Jose Luis Gaya.

Napoli interested in Shkodran Mustafi

SSC Napoli are interested in Valencia CF defender Shkodran Mustafi who's been in top form this season and together with Nicolas Ottamendi are one of the best defending duos in Spain and even Europe. Nicolas Otamendi has peaked the interest of wealthy clubs like Manchester United, PSG and others, while Shkodran Mustafi is the more modest 'commodity' and clubs like Borusia Dortmund and now Napoli are interested in acquiring his services.

Apart from Napoli there are reportedly few English clubs interested in the defender as well. So far though Mustafi has gives a statement that he is focused on Valencia CF and isn't looking to move to a different club.

In case any club wants to acquire his services they will have to splash out a huge sum of money, probably in the region of 20 million euros, since Valencia CF aren't a selling club and if they do sell they will look to get an amazing deal and bring in quality replacement.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Radamel Falcao to join Valencia CF?

Radamel Falcao to join Valencia CF?
Radamel Falcao is supposedly set to join Valencia CF in the summer, as the club looks to strengthen its attack and the club have identified Radamel Falcao as the perfect option. He is currently on loan at Manchester United, but so far he hasn't impressed in England and is going to return to Monaco in the summer, who will be looking to sell him.

Peter Lim is personal friends with the super football agent Jorge Mendes and has a close professional relationship with him as well, so the agent has forwarded Radamel Falcao to Valencia CF and the club is interested in signing him.

He would not come cheap though as his original price is over 40 million euros, but since he's flopped at Manchester United and Monaco are determined to sell him, his price is said to be at a more reasonable 25 to 30 million euros.