VALENCIA. What Valencia de Celades needs to improve. Valencia faces with “maximum aspirations” the return of the competition in the coming weeks where it will have to climb positions if it wants to finish in the top four of the competition.
1. Stability in goal
It is the position that has given more problems to Albert Celades this season. The bet for Cillessen has not been as successful as expected and has not been able to cover Neto’s shadow in the Mestalla goal. Jaume had his chance, but he could not settle either and the coach returned the stripes to Cillessen in the last three games. Finding stability in the goal is the ‘first stone’ to start conceding fewer goals.
2. A companion for Gabriel Paulista
The center of defense has been a drama since Ezequiel Garay was injured on February 1. Albert Celades will have to take advantage of the few troops he has with Diakhaby and Mangala. With the battery of games looming, it is likely that Celades will have to reinvent himself as a central defender or else go for the youth team with players like Hugo Guillamón or Javi Jiménez.
3. Parejo’s gasoline
Another of the situations that Celades will have to manage is Parejo’s ‘gasoline’. After two months stopped and an ‘express’ season finale, it seems difficult for the players to be able to play every minute, something the captain is used to. The coaching staff will have to find alternatives to give rest to Coslada.
4. More goals up front
On the other hand, we must not forget that the numbers in the front have to grow to be in the Champions League. Only Maxi Gómez has responded with eight league goals. Rodrigo has provided assists, but only two goals is a very low figure for the Valencia CF franchise striker. As for Gameiro, he has had several muscle problems and has accumulated five targets. For their part, Manu Vallejo and Rubén Sobrino have had few minutes and add one goal each.
5. Avoid another plague of injuries
A trend that must be solved immediately. Valencia CF have had many injuries this season and have crossed the border of normality. The infirmary has been very populated throughout the season and Celades has had to face many matches with a minimum of 4 or 5 casualties due to physical problems.