The new era of Valencia with Javi grace on the bench he started with a victory by the minimum against the Castellon, thanks to a goal from Manu Vallejo, in a good meeting of both teams that debuted in the preseason.
After a hectic week in the extra sport, and marked by criticism of the management of Peter lim, the good feelings offered by the team, in which the hand of the new coach could already be appreciated, invite a moderate optimism in sports, despite being the first game.
From the initial whistle it was possible to observe the changes that it intends to instill Javi grace in his squad, with a tactical drawing of 4-2-3-1, a very high pressure and a very vertical offensive game, looking a lot for the bands and fast transitions
This advanced pressure allowed the Valencia get to the area of the Castellon, but neither Racic neither Maxi gomez they took advantage of a couple of meridian occasions for each. Precisely that lack of success in the auction was the only one but to the game of the Valencian team, which gave a very good image, despite taking only two weeks of work.
The bad news of the first act was the injury to the young Valencian talent at a quarter of an hour Kang in lee, who retired with discomfort in his left knee.
He Castellon, which debuted its status as a Second team, after its recent promotion, also left good feelings, which in the final stretch of the first half managed to shake off the local dominance and enjoyed a couple of goal actions, which were met with a Gabriel Paulista superb.
Both coaches took advantage of the passage through the changing rooms to make numerous changes in their respective formations, which sat better in the ranks of the ‘orellut’ team, which was about to take advantage of a couple of errors in the Valencian defense, especially one of César Díaz, who after stealing the ball from the central defender Guillem Molina, shot high when he was alone before Cillessen.
Following this notice, the Valencia increased his dominance and after half an hour of play he crashed two balls into the wood in just a couple of minutes, first after a free kick from Koba who was poisoned and was repelled by the crossbar and later after a header from a corner kick by Hugo Guillamón, which crashed into the post. The third time was the charm, after a great and fast play by the ché team, which started the goal Cillessen and ended up scoring Manu Vallejo in the final stretch of the crash.
1. Valencia: Jaume, Thierry Correia, Mangala, Gabriel Paulista, Centelles; Racic, Yunus Musah, Esquerdo, Guedes, Kang In Lee and Maxi Gómez. They also played: Manu Vallejo, Gayà, Cillessen, Guillem Molina, Hugo Guillamón, Wass, Rubén Sobrino, Koba, Piccini,
0. Castellón: Campos, Lapeña, Carlos Delgado, Núñez, Víctor, Rubén Díez, Jorge Fernández, Ortuño, Senè, Alfredo and Cubillas. They also played: Gálvez, Mikel Carro, Muñoz, Koke, Muguruza, Felipe, César Díaz., Roig, Joshua, Veintimilla, Aaron and Cárcaba.
Goal: 1-0, m.78: Manu Vallejo.
Referee: Muñoz Pérez. He admonished Musah for Valencia and Gálvez for Castellón.
Incidents: First preseason match of Valencia CF and Castellón played at the Antonio Puchades stadium in the Valencia CF sports city