Germany…great

By: dan_c | October 19th, 2011
   

Humblest apologies for my scarcity. Unfortunately Final exams are taking me to bed each night too exhausted and stressed to really have anything to offer. And this looks set to continue in the next few months, but hopefully 1) i’ll find to post as often as possible and 2) valencia give me something to grin about tonight.

Some of my early optimism, since that near-win against Barca, has slipped since then, due to a few reasons.

1) Valencia have slipped to a few disappointing displays, including throwing away 2 points last weekend. Sure, the game may have been close, but we have better quality and going into the last stages of a game we NEED to develop the fortitude to close out wins, if we are going to have any chance of keeping up. We have started well, but we need to get that big-team, Man U-esque we DO not concede leads mentality. and we CERTAINLY do not lose.

2) Even now, in October, we JUST DON’T KNOW where this season is going. No-one has clearly pulled away or shown themselves to be another class…consistently (sure Real and Barca have shown glimpses) plus we don’t know who is the real deal yet, Malaga, Sevilla, even Betis and HOW ABOUT LEVANTE. Who will last and prove their quality? I simply can’t tell, and that’s worrying.

3) The 2-week international break is a perfect dampener on any built up momentum and excitement.

4) This is similar to the first point, but separate too. We need to be more clinical and show a greater ability to kill off games in front of goal. The tight spot that we are currently in in the champo league is simply due to our inability to beat Genk, a side who we were markedly better than. The root is simply this. We rely to heavily on San Sol. Against Genk, they forced him wide to be an outlet while the midfield moved up into attacking positions, and so we had no target or mischief-maker in the box. We were positively impotent. Even with him in he game, we aren’t scoring enough goals. Despite our markedly improved defence (I love Adil Rami!), we are still putting ourselves under too much pressure.

5) I’m writing exams.

Despite all this, we have started well. But tonight will be a huge marker in terms of how we bounce back from a let-down like the late goal against Mallorca that would have kept us within a point of Barca. And we need this win against a strong neverkusen side, who are our direct rivals in the group for the second spot in the knockouts. And boy do we need the money!

Bayer have made an average start to the season, sitting 8th with 4 wins from 9 games in the Bundesliga. They’ll provide a tough test though. They gave Chelsea a rough ride at stamford bridge. Don’t expect too many goals. Bayer have scored 12 and conceded 13 in 9 games. Not stellar numbers in either case. They did however manage a good draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach last time out, who are the closest to keeping up with Bayern Munich at the top, so they’ll be feeling good, especially at home.

Fingers will be crossed.

Amunt

Peace


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  • Johnnie Walker |  October 19th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

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    Im still and will always be in favor of hiring Pellegrini, which i consider superior to Benitez. Thing is, the Qatari have him signed until the end of time, we should have gotten him when he left Madrid!!

    I think today everybody was at fault for losing. As soon as we scored, you saw people relaxing and messing up plays. Emery couldnt get them back on track in the break, which further sparked Bayer. Soldado, wtf is wrong with you. Basically, we are chicken, too chicken to properaly win. Arrogant bastards. If i can not stand anything it is teams that are lazy, dont fight and think they own. We need a Crazy Gang!!

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  • Martijn |  October 19th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

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    @Fayez Serioulsy that guy isnt a better coach, far from it. In fact half the supporters want him fired as they are doing shit in the league.

    But im begining to have some doubts about this squad we have. Mainly in therms of squad dept we got some issues here. Were lacking in people that can force something when needed as well.

    I mean we got the pair of wingers that Almeria had last season playing at Valencia and Almeria wasnt too prolific at scoring. Matthieu on the left wing can get a good cross in if he got space but he cannot really get past defenders.

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  • Nithin |  October 19th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

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    Sorry, but you can’t keep blaming the squad all the time. Against Mallorca, we had more than 70% possession in the first half, according to the stats during the match. All we had to do in the second was keep possession. But in the last quarter of the game, we didn’t want the ball.

    What do you think? Would Mallorca have been happier having to deal with our midfield playing football for that last quarter, or being given the ball and free run at our defense for over 20 minutes?

    It was the same squad that played both halves. The way they played changed. There is a reason we keep doing well against Barca. We look to attack constantly.

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  • Johnnie Walker |  October 19th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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    Nithin, who do you blame then? I didnt follow :)

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  • Martijn |  October 19th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

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    @Nithin its partly loss on concentration i think, i agree with that. But in so many matches if we just take our chances a bit better and score the 2-0 you can make your life a lot easier, we miss a lot this season.

    We even seem to have the worst conversion rate of any team in the champions league, i cant really blame the coach for wasting all those chances. We create sufficient but we dont utilize it.

    Its a recurring pattern though, Schalke last year, Genk, this match and that just for champions league….

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  • Martijn |  October 19th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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    @Johnnie I dont think we lost it after we scored, we lost it before we scored by being wastefull. With the first half display in mind they shouldnt have any hopes for the second cause we should have been up by 2 or 3 instead of one.

    If you score 2 or 3 its harder for them to get mentally back in the match. Not during the break its like: “We played shit but its just one goal, lets do better in the second.”

    As for Pellegrini: he has flaws as well, 4-0 to levante being a nice example and last season wasnt exactly an inspired performance by Malaga either.

    Any coach makes fuckups, as long as Emery keeps his fuckups limited enough to get us third again its fine by me.

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  • 7amanito |  October 19th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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    and we go back to the usual fuck ups of emery.. lets hear “we have to improve” in the press tomorrow..

    this is beyond repair with Emery. He is weak. period. you can’t blame talents for leaving a coach with this usual fuck ups..

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