Valencia felt in London the risk of change Coquelin

Marcelino opted for a change of system against Arsenal as a result of Kondogbia's injury and Coquelin's penalty, which could well have been avoided.


El a cropper stuck in London for different razones. Perhaps the most important was that Emery has two cannons at the Arsenal attack (Lacazette and Aubameyang), but also pecaron of inexperiencia blanquinegros (he ascended the goal in just eight Diakhaby minutes and put the third in the 91 ') y contundencia (he was shot 15 times and 11 of them from within the area). Valencia, except for the first 15 minutes, in which it has to be submitted to Arsenal, was less competitive than it had been for the rest of the season, showing signs of weakness and defensive errors despite the accumulation of defenders that Marcelino lined up in the once.

Marcelino made at the Emirates Stadium so many times stressed that he does not like to do: change sistema. in the 102 games that takes on the bench Valencia has done only twice, against Alavés in Mendizorroza (2-1) and before the Arsenal of Emery (3-1). Marcelino understands in general terms that system changes can generate doubts among his players and that is why he bets 99 percent of the time for his classic 4-4-2. But in the days before the match against Arsenal Marcelino was preparing his team to play him at Emery with línea three and Diakhaby in the center next to Parejo.

Marcelino chose to place new line of three, one sistema that since December, his players can not say that he is not in his option manual, , although he is obviously not one of those who works every week. With this he sought to always try to overcome Lacazette and Aubameyang in number. But, above all, with the data in hand and after reviewing the games without them, he understood that he had to give a tactical turn to the team by the casualties of Kondogbia and Coquelin.

The Valencia had lost five of the seven matches in those that by injury or sanction did not enter in the call neither of the two (Juventus, Levante, Alavés, Sporting and Getafe). Without any of his two French pivots Marcelino this year only won Huesca (2-1) and Getafe in Cup (3-1), that is, in none of the seven games without them Valencia left his goal to zero. That is why Marcelino spent weeks thinking about what to do against Arsenal, which is why he surprises more and more the decision he made against Villarreal in Mestalla.

The Valencia arrived at the 62nd minute of the second leg with a 5-1 at his favor in the overall calculation of the tie. Villarreal had already thrown the towel a long time ago and it was raining to sea in Mestalla. Marcelino decided at that moment to give rest to Parejo and he did it replacing him by Francis Coquelin, one of the players who were ready to be sanctioned. Obviously Coquelin knew that he did not have to provoke any cardboard, but there are factors in football that are not controlled and hence the risk that was assumed making him play the French. There were only two minutes left for Valencia to get into the semifinals of the Europe League and the ball hit him in the hand to Coquelin after coming from a rebound. Yellow (that UEFA does not give rise to claim their nullity) and penalty for the London game.

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