There is no worse context for a soccer team or any sport to compete. Valencia is governed by a property that generates distrust and more and more rejection among the players. Not to mention among his fans. Peter Lim and Anil Murthy subtract more than they add in the eyes of the squad. There is more. Javi Gracia above opened a crack in the only wall of the club where there was none. It was not two weeks since the coach made his position available to the club despite the pleas of the captains. The worst transfer market in the club’s history was to blame. The dressing room knows, from the mouth of Gracia himself, that if he continues on the bench it is because he cannot assume the payment of the three million euros that his resignation cost. There is more. Third captain Geoffrey Kondogbia has declared war on Anil in his frustrated attempt to leave for Atlético de Madrid as a replacement for Thomas Partey. He does not even travel due to alleged heel discomfort. There is more. The Central African is not the only footballer who feels cheated and who rethinks his future in the short-medium term. No matter how big Valencia is, it is not easy to identify with a club without a project, without sports planning and without direction. There is more. This afternoon at La Cerámica awaits Villarreal and the increasingly elongated shadow of Dani Parejo and all the important footballers sold throughout this summer. Valencia have few arguments to cling to to truly believe in victory. He only has and is not little the sense of belonging of three captains of the house such as José Luis Gayà, Jaume Domènech and Carlos Soler who today more than ever want to pull the armband against Villarreal and the Meriton crisis. In this drifting Valencia they will always remain.
Gayà, Jaume and Soler assume the responsibility of pulling the car at this critical moment for the entity. The three have shown with more deeds than words that they feel the club as their own. They always put it above all else. If not, surely Gayà and Soler have not been at Valencia for a long time. They more than anyone are suffering this circus that the club has become. It hurts like one more fan. That is why more than ever they feel the need to dignify the shield on the field and not let the team fall anymore. They are not going to be erased. They will show their faces at the risk of being torn apart. None of the three have the magic wand to change everything, the damage has already been done from above, but they do have the will to step forward and the ability to infect their companions. Valencia in its recent history never needed to be a ‘TEAM’ more than now. The three of them know it and that they have seen them of all colors in recent years. Carlos’ return to the center of the field will also provide an injection of hierarchy, experience and football to the team. Soler will debut as a starting title after his first minutes against Betis with the obligation to be even more important without Parejo, without Coquelin and … without Kondogbia. The other proper name in which Valencia pin their hopes of offering the competitive version, that of the Reale Arena, is Gabriel Paulista. The return of the Brazilian, together with the two clean weeks of defensive work in Paterna, should serve to regain defensive security.
The problem is that while Valencia breathes weakness with their sales and problems, Villarreal feels strong and empowered with their signings and their sporting stability. The classification, yes, does not say that. Emery only has one more point than Gracia. And if Valencia is less without Kondogbia, Villarreal can also greatly accuse the loss of several important players such as Gerard Moreno, Estupiñán and Chakla. The yellow ones have the label of favorites, but even this decadent Valencia must be respected.