The keys to the game at Mestalla

Valencia are training in Mestalla before the game against Villarreal

Mestalla witnesses a duel between two teams eager to win and sailing against the waves. Valencia and Villarreal fight to get out of a bad dynamic that increases their rating, but above all reconciles with their own identity.

The ‘Derby’ will match two teams in a similar situation with similar problems but with quite different styles. From the biting and vertical ‘DNA’ of José Bordalás to the combinative and sophisticated of Unai Emery.

From the start, possession will be for the Groguet team, a situation in which the Valencian team moves more easily as they are a much more reactive team than they can dominate from possession.

Rivals like RCD Mallorca handed him the ball and, due to the black and white difficulties, took the match uphill to create danger against a closed block, and that gives priority to reducing spaces. actually Bordalás pointed out that he didn’t like the fact that his team gave 20 passes in their own field.

Against Villarreal, he will be able to propose a duel that corresponds to his strengths, but to use this game script he has to regain aggressiveness and order in the print. In the tactical libretto of Alicante, this facet of the game occupies a privileged position and in the first few days it was one of his main arguments for attack; steal and cheat on the offensive transition.

Cancel evenly

This tall block print is a double edged swordbecause if the team do it like they did in previous games, there is a risk that Villarreal will find Dani Parejo behind the Valencian front line and the Coslada team can organize their team to watch football face to face.

The “5” is the rudder of the Castellón team and its cancellation is a big question, for that the men in the center of the Valencia CF field have to be strong in the duels and not let it spin. Emery’s team plays with three in the middle and will try to generate numerical superiority in the center aisle.

The party is in the bands

The outside play is possibly the main key to a clash. Valencia are struggling to get strong on offense, especially after Thierry Rendall and Carlos Soler’s defeats, but they are more solvent when it comes to defending against outside attacks with Gayà and Foulquier.

At Villarreal the opposite happens, Yéremy Pino and Arnaut Danjuma are at an excellent level in attack, but the failure of Juan Foyth has hit the right flank heavily on the defensive. Nobody on the left has just taken over the starting position. In this situation, some work on the ribbons that combines the help of the ends and the depth of the sides seems essential to make a difference.

Unforced errors

The two trainers are very concerned about individual failures and inattentiveness. Both of them scored points because they hit “shots in the foot” as well as taking away the opponent’s strengths and exploiting the rival’s weaknesses. The two teams will have a lot to gain in the game if they stay focused during the 90 minutes and manage to minimize their own casual mistakes. It’s time to take a step forward.

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