Leganés vs Valencia CF

Feb, 24 / 12:00 Matchday 25

LaLiga - Matchday 3 - 09/09/2017 16:15h

Valencia CF 0
0 Atlético de Madrid
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Valencia CF remain unbeaten in LaLiga after draw against Atlético de Madrid (0-0)

September, 09 2017 -

Marcelino’s side continue to grow and are improving with each game


Valencia CF got a well-deserved draw at Mestalla against Atlético de Madrid in a hard-fought match. Marcelino’s team once again showed that they are well drilled and solid, competing for every loose ball and working hard to cancel out a dangerous opponent.

VCF vs Atlético de Madrid is a classic LaLiga game, and the Blanquinegros were focused on showing fans the results of the hard work being put in every day at the VCF training ground: intensity, effort, and ambition to try to take the three points.

Marcelino’s Valencia CF side are proving to be highly competitive and they have got the full support of the Mestalla crowd, as could be seen by the huge welcome given to the team bus two hours before kick-off. The head coach went for a line-up that saw Gabriel Paulista partner Garay at the heart of defence, and Andreas Pereira made his first start in the midfield.

The opening minutes were played at an incredibly high pace, with both sides starting as they meant to go on. Correa brought a fantastic save out of Neto, and Andreas Pereira was causing the Atlético defence all kinds of problems at the other end.

The tension in the ground was palpable, and challenges were flying in all over the pitch in a game that was played in a hard but fair spirit. Vietto had a good chance after the half-hour mark, turning inside the box but firing over. The teams went in at the break with honours even and all to play for in the second half.

The second half began at the same pace as the first had ended, with VCF pushing forward and looking to break the deadlock. On the hour mark a pin-point free kick found Gabriel Paulista, but the Brazilian’s header went just over.

On the 61st minute Gonçalo Guedes came on for Pereira to make his debut, and he quickly got into the game, linking up with Gayà and offering pace and direct play to the team, who were starting to dominate the game, although Atlético were always dangerous on the break; Neto had to make a good save from Gaitán.

As the match moved into its latter stages both teams made various substitutions, trying to find the goal that would bring the win. In the end the game ended 0-0, a fair result, and a point which shows that Valencia CF are going to compete in every game for the full 90 minutes.

Match Details:

0. Valencia CF: Neto, Montoya, Garay (Murillo, m. 73), Gabriel Paulista, Gayà, Carlos Soler, Parejo ©, Kondogbia, Andreas (Guedes, m. 60), Rodrigo (Santi Mina, m. 70) and Zaza.

0. Atlético de Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Lucas, Filipe Luis, Koke ©, Saúl, Thomas, Carrasco (Gaitán, m. 60), Correa (Gameiro, m. 72) and Vietto (Fernando Torres, m. 64).

Referee: González booked Montoya for Valencia CF.

Observations: Matchday 3 of LaLiga 2017-18 played on Saturday at 4:15pm at Mestalla. A minute’s silence was held for Valencia fans who had passed away last season. Former VCF player Pablo Aimar was in attendance, and received an ovation from the crowd.