Maxi decides the bolus of the morbid

A double from the Uruguayan striker served for Javi Gracia's men to overcome Chukwueze's initial goal. Good performance from Jason, Manu Vallejo, Ezquerdo and Racic at Valencia.


Javi Gracia's Valencia emerged reinforced from the morbid derby. Two goals from Maxi Gómez gave him victory against Villarreal 'made in Mestalla' (with Parejo, Coquelin, Albiol, Alcácer ... or Unai Emery himself). The Uruguayan striker, in the week of Rodrigo Moreno's goodbye, traced an initial goal from Chukwueze and transformed the good work of the black and white team into a victory, a team that went from less to more and that showed signs of having resources to exploit even in full operation output.

The eleven of Gracia and Emery, everything is said, perhaps they serve as 'gps' to know where the planning of each project is going today. The black and white, still emerging gracefully from Pinatar, is still like a building propped up after fire, while the yellow one, still with gaps in the automatisms, seems to be already on the prelude to the competition. Gracia, waiting for a replacement for Parejo and Coquelin (or at least the return of Carlos Soler and Kondogbia), had no choice but to give the team handle to young people like Esquerdo or Racic, two footballers who grew up in the game, which gave symptoms that they can be trusted for the future, but they are not yet to command such a ship alone.

Emery, meanwhile, has already put up an eleven that could perfectly be the first one I lined up in the league. So it happened that Villarreal took little time to gain control first. Emery has resources to run in their matches to be the masters of the ball and his staging handcuffed those of Gracia, who suffered at the start. And from a collective blunder of the che behind after pressure from Villarreal (another hallmark of the Basque coach's approach) was born the goal of Chukwueze, a player who is called this year to take the step to be a starter or remain as an eternal revulsive.

That goal forced Valencia to leave Jaume's cave and this served to check which players have to pull the car without Rodrigo, Ferran or Parejo. Obviously one is Gayà, of whom there is no doubt that he will. It is precisely on the left wing, with the winger and with Guedes, where Gracia has the most potential. The Portuguese and Maxi Gómez have to apply as 'influencers' Chés and in Pinatar they were. The Portuguese showing himself in every attack. The Uruguayan, doing what he knows: two goals (one from set pieces - the eternal Achilles heel of Emery's teams - another with some help from Asenjo). Gracia would also leave satisfied with the performance of people like Jason, who is competing to be a starter in a tight belt Valencia, the impetus of Manu Vallejo, the versatility of Wass or the ways that young Yunus demonstrated again.

Valencia: Jaume Domenech; Wass, Mangala, Gabriel Paulista, Gayà; Jason (Yunus, 66 '), Esquerdo, Uros Racic (Correia, 66'), Guedes; Manu Vallejo (Kang-in, 65 ') and Maxi Gómez (Rubén Sobrino, 79').

Villarreal: Asenjo; Peña, Raúl Albiol (Chakla, 46 '), Pau Torres, Pedraza (Jaume Costa, 46'); Chukwueze, Parejo, Francis Coquelin (Iborra, 67 '), Moi Gómez (Kubo, 67'); Gerard Moreno (Leal, 85 ') and Alcácer (Niño, 67').

Goals: 0-1 (8 '): Chukwueze; 1-1 (65 '): Maxi Gómez; 2-1 (74 '): Maxi Gómez.

Referee: Hernández Maeso, Extremeño. He admonished Coquelin (34 '), Gayà (56'), Parejo (83 ') and Jaume Costa (85').

Stadium: Pinatar Arena. Without public.

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