“Guedes chips over the keeper and makes it Four Nil……… Surely the game is won by Valencia and won’t doubt who man of the match is”
Just as Gonzalo Guedes chipped the ball over the Sevilla keeper, the commentator backed
Valencia win but I couldn’t scream in joy as it was midnight with the society deep in sleep. I depressed my joy within and slept.
It has been my daily activity for last 8 La Liga game week. But it wasn’t the case for past 2 seasons. Valencia were struggling every week while I being a desperate fan boy woke up every midnight just to see my team get battered or end up with a frustrating draw. But not anymore.
During the turn of the century, Valencia became one of top clubs in Europe. Especially on 00 when we reached our first ever Champions League final. Even though the team lost to superior Real Madrid side that day that was beginning of something extraordinary. That sparked a golden era in Valencia CF history. Very next year , Valencia CF reached yet again to Champions League Final . only two La Liga side have managed to reach back to back CL finals Valencia (00& 01), Real Madrid (015 &016). Even though Valencia lost second final to Bayern Munich in an heartbreaking penalty lost the fans were as always behind the team chanting Amunt every time. Next year Valencia defied the odds and lifted the league title and did the same in 04 season as well with UEFA cup backing it. Players like Pablo Aimer, Roberto Ayala, David Albelda , Santiago Canizares, Vincente Rodriguez, were bought to the stage.
But the team saw its dark phase after it. Winning Copa Del Rey in 08 was the last trophy for Valencia till date. The projected 75000 seated Nou Mestalla was in action but the progress was halted after the financial crisis that hit the team badly. Even though the team had good players team couldn’t perform well on the pitch nor the administration was good enough. Team had a huge debt of over 300m. This triggered selling our best players to mega power in world football. Team sold David Villa, David Silva, Juan Mata, etc. to reduce the debt. This phase saw many managers being introduced and released while Unai Emery was the only bright spark in this time . He managed to take team to UCL spots nearly every year with limited budget but his game week rotations got him and was given the exit door. Meaning the club was dropped to even more dark.
This continued for some year until 2014 when Singapore billionaire took over the club promising to get rid of all the debts and bringing back the glory days of early 21st century. New manager was bought with new president. He injected some money on the first year bringing in some talents like Mustafi, Otamendi, Andre Gomes, Negredo, Rodrigo Moreno. The team was managed by Nuno who was close to the Client Mendes. While the team did wonders and finished 4th just 1 points below 3rd placed Atletico Madrid and successfully taking the club to Champions League, the following year with selling of key players over and over paid less talented Mendes clients, the team had a disaster. Nuno was sacked and other Managers were bought in without prior knowledge and experience . Gary Neville ( who is a close friend of Peter Lim) , former man utd player was brought in. Team was a mess and went from being a top 5 side to battling relegation.
The following year, the owner didn’t learn his lesson. Another inexperience head was appointed the manager. The team went far in breaking records. It managed to have the worst start to the La Liga session for last 30 years. The team was in relegation zone wit less points then matches played. Long time club delegate Voro was appointed caretaker manager for 3rd time until Cesar Prandelli was appointed who left the club after not even getting a single points from 6 matches. Voro was given responsibility until end of the session which he sincerely did to take his long love boy hood club to a respectable 12th place finish considering the team was in the relegation zone during Christmas. It was successful 12th place finish in consecutive years. The team became a joke for the world. The once famous Bats were not feared anymore.
But now the things are completely different. The new season was instantly built alongside new club president Anil Murthy and CEO Mateu Alemany was the first thing they did was to hire Marcelino as club manager. The new manager cleared the squads and made room for new and young players. he sold high earners like Diego Alves, Enzo Perez, Luis Nani and bought in Neto, Kondogbia, Paulista and Murillo. The club was fully behind him and fan were optimistic of his decisions. Instantly his influence was seen on the team. The team lost just 2 out of 7 matches in preseasons with mostly academy players and new bought in players. He was building Chemistry inside of a team which barely had anything for past two seasons.
The club backed him and gave what he wanted. And now he is giving them the results. After a narrow 1-0 win to Las Palmas, 2-2 draw away at real Madrid and 0-0 with Atletico Madrid, the team was seen as defensively sound with less attacking threat. But that was beginning of something. After the final day steal of Gonzalo Guedes on loan from PSG, the team clearly became a Cheetah. Attacking at opponent at blistering speed from two flanks while the two strikers Zaza and Rodrigo are scoring in every game at any time they like. Such is the confidence among the team that they are scoring 3 past every team for last five games. While the team is conceding goals but the Mestalla crowd is getting what they couldn’t see for last decades. And even though the league has just started the fans are starting to believe miracle this season. And anything is possible when the Mestalla crowd is up and behind the team in full flow. A hell as they call in Spain the 50000 Los Che fans chanting Valencia is menacing feeling and every player love to hate being at the opposition.
Me, while I will wake up every midnight just to watch my favorite team play beautiful football. This year I am optimistic like my other fellow Valencianista while we sing Amunt watching Guedes run at the opposition, Soler dribbling the world in his feet, Zaza scoring everything that comes to his feet, Neto saving every shots fired in, Kondogbia with his three legs and Captain Maverick Dani Parejo nutmegging opponent with drunken feet. Mestalla has risen, Valencia has risen, Amunt..