Valencia will change this Monday the anniversary of the Copa del Rey title party won in Seville on May 25, 2019 for a group training session in the sports city of Paternal, away from the fans and the hustle and bustle that accompanied him a year ago at Benito Villamarín.
That day, the Valencian team raised its eighth and most recent tCupbearer trophy when he beat Barcelona 2-1 with goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno.
The victory led to three days of celebrations, since that of the night of the final was joined by that of arrival in Valencia on the afternoon of Sunday 26 and that of visits to institutions on that of Monday 27.
Those festive days have nothing to do with the current situation, In which with the start of the recovery after more than two months of confinement after the coronavirus pandemic, the team has returned to training under special conditions and without the slightest option of publicly celebrating what this success meant.
Now, the Valencian team does not know exactly when they will jump back onto a pitch nor how long will he keep the crown in the Copa del Rey, because the date of the end of this year has not yet been specified.
In May 2019, Valencia faced the final with a cupola integrated by Anil Murthy as club president, the only one that remains in the entity, since neither the CEO, Mateu Alemany, nor the coach, Marcelino García Toral, two of the key men of that success, remain in the entity.
While the Asturian coach was removed in September, with the current league already started, Valencia did without Alemany a couple of months later.
From a sporting point of view, the competition was marked by several epic moments from a declaration of Alemany in January it became clear that winning the Copa del Rey was not a priority for the Mestalla team.
It gave the impression that this premise spurred coaches and players to the point of reaching the final and winning it against one of the most powerful teams in the world.
Before that demonstration, Valencia had brilliantly eliminated the Ebro, of Second Division B, against which it came to be on the ropes in the first leg in Zaragoza despite the fact that its rival played with one less man (1-2 in the first leg and 1-0 at home).
Despite losing in Gijón in the first round of 16 (2-1), Valencia easily beat Sporting in Mestalla (3-0) before experiencing the magic moment of the competition against Getafe in the quarterfinals.
A defeat at home in the first leg (1-0) and a goal from the rival in the first minute of the return in Mestalla forced the epic that occurred with two goals in time of extension that gave the pass to the semifinal 3-1 , which unleashed madness in the stands and a tangana on the pitch.
Mal started the semifinal in Seville against Betis, who already knew that the final was going to be played in their field, but Valencia neutralized a 2-0 against to tie on the hour (2-2) and play the return leg more calmly at home. A 1-0 at Mestalla returned Valencia to a final eleven years later.
In that decisive match, Marcelino aligned Jaume Doménech, Wass, Garay, Gabriel Paulista, Gayà, Carlos Soler, Parejo (Kondogbia, m.69), Coquelin, Guedes, Rodrigo (Diakhaby, m.87) and Gameiro (Piccini, m.71).
The goal also came to play official matches with Valencia in the 18-19 season Neto y Vezo, Murillo, Roncaglia, Lato, Cheryshev, Kang in Lee, Ferran Torres, Santi Mina, Batshuayi, Rubén Sobrino, Racic and Álex Blanco.