Geoffrey Kondogbia Makes Positive First Impression at Valencia

The phrase ‘from the sublime to the ridiculous’ seems to have been invented for people like Geoffrey Kondogbia. He’s the type of player who will be making perfectly timed sliding tackles and completing roulette turns one minute before producing something like his bizarre pre-season own goal against Chelsea. That involved a 40-yard back-pass that looped […]

Barcelona Brilliant yet Slightly Unhinged in 4-2 Win over Valencia

Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Valencia was an exciting one. 6 goals, a red card for Valencia centre-back Eliaquim Mangala and yet another lovely display from Lionel Messi, who not only scored twice but also offered five key passes. The scoreline, however, hints at the fact that Barca weren’t overly assured throughout the course of the […]

Aderlan Santos Beginning To Prove His Worth To Gary Neville’s Valencia

When Aderlan Santos joined Valencia in the summer, he immediately wanted to inform the fans of his intentions to give everything for his new club. “I am a battler and a warrior,” Santos told the club’s official radio station. “If I have to leave my skin out on the field I will do that. I […]

Reinstated Rodrigo De Paul Shows Why His Creativity Is So Essential For Valencia In Draw vs Barca

It was great to see Valencia’s wildly talented Argentine, Rodrigo De Paul, brought back in from the cold after being ostracised by former Valencia manager, Nuno Espirito Santo. The timing couldn’t have been better either. With new manager, Gary Neville, watching from the stands for the Bats’ colossal clash with league leaders Barcelona, De Paul […]

Coaching Genius Ian Cathro Hoping To Make Newcastle United His Latest Success Story

With Newcastle United languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table, following their absolutely disastrous start to the new campaign, you know Ian Cathro, their tremendously talented assistant manager, will be doing everything in his power to get them out of their current predicament. “My view always is that you are there to give […]

Bakkali, Feghouli and Piatti: Why Valencia’s Wingers Might Hold the Key to Success this Season

Only a couple of weeks ago, things weren’t looking so good for Valencia. On September 19, in front of their home fans, the club slumped to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Real Betis, despite spending over 40 minutes with an extra player after Dani Ceballos was sent off. In the eyes of the Mestalla faithful, […]

Nicolas Otamendi – Valencia’s Bearded Wonder Continues to Show Why He’s One of La Liga’s Finest Defenders

Valencia’s agressive, bearded Argentine centre back, Nicolas Otamendi, continued his superb form this season by putting in yet another tremendous shift. This time, his unbelievable 33 defensive actions proved crucial in his side’s memorable 2-2 draw with Real Madrid. That’s correct, 33 defensive actions, which consisted of a surreal 23 clearances, five interceptions, three won […]

Shkodran Mustafi Primed for Valencia’s Battle Royale vs Real Madrid

What a superb signing Shkodran Mustafi has turned out to be for Valencia this season. Despite missing the first four games through injury, Mustafi has been an ever present since, playing 30 La Liga games, in a season where he’s been an indispensable player for Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit. Playing alongside the aggressive Argentine, Nicolas […]

Sofiane Feghouli: Why La Liga’s Fastest Man is Such an Asset to Valencia

Playing as Nuno’s right winger at the sun soaked Camp Nou for Valencia’s clash with Barcelona, Sofiane Feghouli looked up for the occasion from the outset. A look of steely determination permeated from his eyes prior to kick off. He looked ready for battle. Although Valencia lost the match 2-0, they played excellently against the […]