Bordalás decaffeinated debut

Valencia opens at the Mestalla with a new coach and only one signing with the Orange Trophy at stake. There will be a maximum of 3,000 fans in the stands.


Valencia had marked today in red as a symbol of the new normal at the club. With renewed illusions, an exciting coach on the bench, several new faces and above all, the return of the fans to Mestalla. However, except the presence of Bordalás in the band, everything else has been diluted throughout the summer.

Alderete is the only signing that Valencia can boast. In fact, the team is pinned down. The injuries of some starters, such as Cillessen or Racic, have not helped Bordalás eleven to be the ideal to start LaLiga in nine days, against Getafe. One only has to look at the midfield to see that this Valencia has no way to support him unless reinforcements arrive urgently.Neither will the fans be able to return to the Mestalla en masse. The fifth wave has meant that in the Valencian Community only a maximum of 3,000 people can attend massive events. In a 48,000-seat stadium, the appearance will be empty although at least some color will have the stands as happened in the last league game against Eibar.

Thus things, the duel against Milan will do little more than Bordalás continues to grease his team, at least what he has. After joining Gayà and Maxi, the eleven will at least be something recognizable. And if no one else arrives from here to the 13th, it will be quite similar to the one from the league debut.

The morbid will be put by Daniel Wass. The Dane wants to go to Olympique de Marseille but for the moment the clubs cannot agree and he continues for Paterna. Yesterday he did not train, the official version due to inconvenience. But there is Wass case. With only one workout on his legs and with his departure on the horizon, it would be strange for Bordalás to give him minutes.

With all this, Bordalás, as in the entire preseason, will have to go back to throwing homegrown players. With Jesús Vázquez and Fran Pérez in pole position, the rest will have to earn a place in the squad next Friday. There will be room for them, that's for sure.

In front will be the Milan of Stefano Pioli. The great absence is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who continues to work on the sidelines to reach 100% at the beginning of the season. Bennacer, with Covid, and Kjaer, just landed after playing the Eurocup, will not be at Mestalla either.

Another of the attractions of the afternoon-night will be the post game. The club has announced that there will be a Bordalás press conference for the first time since it was presented. A year ago, Gracia broke out in a similar conference because they didn't sign players for her. The Alicante is in a similar situation. We'll see if he decides to split or temper bagpipes.

File and possible eleven headlines

Valencia: Mamardashvili; Correia, Paulista, Alderete, Gayà; Jason, Guillamón, Diakhaby; Cheryshev; Guedes and Maxi Gómez.

Milan: Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Pobega; Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Krunic; Leao.

Stadium: Mestalla.

Time: 20: 30.

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