Valencia struggles to draw with Racing, faces Barca nextBy: Kyle | January 30th, 2012
Well, I didn’t see the match v Racing this past weekend, but from all accounts, it was yet another shit performance from both Unai Emery and his players. Emery tried to play some nice offensive football away in Santander, starting both Tino Costa and Éver Banega in midfield, and within 2 minutes VCF was down 1-0. Not only that, but Banega had to be subbed off before halftime due to injury. The right side, featuring Sofiane Feghouli and Antonio Barragan was terrible, Víctor Ruiz and Ricardo Costa were terrible, Diego Alves was terrible… basically, everyone sucked (except for recent goal machine Aritz Aduriz).
So, that’s 3 points out of 12 in 2012. 3 draws (away v Villarreal, away v Osasuna, away v Racing) and 1 loss (home v Sociedad). What’s next for VCF? Our next 8 matches are looking rather hard: Barcelona (home, CdR), Atlético Madrid (away, Liga), Barcelona (away, CdR), Sporting Gijón (home, Liga), Stoke City (away, EL), Barcelona (away, Liga), Stoke City (home, EL), and Sevilla (home, Liga). In this writer’s humble opinion, we can kiss the Copa del Rey goodbye thanks to Barca, and the Europa League goodbye courtesy of Stoke. And to be brutally honest, I think a repeat run of 3 out of our next 12 points is a real possibility in the league.
Is there any good news? Not really. It looks like we’ll finally have a shirt sponsor, with an announcement coming on Tuesday. Super Deporte thinks the sponsor is mostly likely from either China, Qatar, or the United Arab Emirates. Can’t say I’m too excited really, because not only will the design most likely be ugly, but I also doubt we’ll be getting that much money.
I guess the other positive is that Sevilla lost and Villarreal drew this weekend. The usual suspects for 3rd and 4th place are all woeful this year, and the teams currently up there (Levante, Osasuna, Espanyol) will all at some point drop back down the table (like Levante is currently doing).
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