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Monday, September 10, 2012

Bad start, good end

A bad start to the league does not mean that Valencia curdle a bad season. There are plenty of examples. When Alfredo Di Stéfano was released as coach of Mestalla, garnered a solitary victory in the first five days of that league 70/71. The Valencian premiered with a defeat at the Bernabeu, after a spectacular win came at home against Las Palmas 5-1, which was followed by an unexpected defeat at the Mestalla against Sevilla and a couple of draws: 2-2 in Granada and no goals against Real Sociedad at home. Despite the shaky start, Valencia and ended up conquering intoned the championship. His improvement was unstoppable and the start of the second round for the first time became leader after beating Real Madrid 1-0 on a goal by Forment.
By contrast, in the last of the four seasons as coach of Di Stéfano in front of Valencia in the first stage, staged a spectacular start that led him to be placed at the head of the table in the tenth round after beating Real Madrid at home with a solitary goal from Quino. Since that game there was an unexplained sinking seven consecutive days without a win.
The Valencian concluded the season in tenth place discreet and outside Europe.
Another similar example of a terrible start and excellent epilogue came in the second season of Victor Asparagus on the bench. Valencia suffered a painful defeat on the opening day of the league 89/90 to be outdone in Mestalla by Atletico Madrid's Portuguese Paulo Futre recital included. Then came a draw in Gijón and rout misleading at the Bernabeu, 6-2. On the fourth day came the first victory, 3-0 against Cadiz. Since then, the brand established an impressive Valencia: seventeen consecutive days without defeat.
In the end, the Valencian finished runners-up, his best finish in the last 18 years.
The worst start in history occurred ten years after this precedent, when Hector Cuper valencianista debuted on the bench with a defeat at home to Racing Santander 1-2. It would not be the only, four days after Valencia had zero points on the board. A draw at home to Alavés served to add the first point and then came the first victory 2-3 in the fief of Real Madrid. That was a strange league, Deportivo took the title with the lowest score ever recorded, and Valencia could win the championship are to be by his disastrous start. That campaign 99/00 Valencia saw the wrecked at first in the league and yet raged in his debut in the Champions to finish undefeated and champion of his group.
The Valencian completed a memorable participation in the tournament to reach the final of the Champions League.
Older Fans often recall the first half of the season 65/66 in the Valencia, led by Sabino Barinaga, deployed a dream football and scored great victories that placed him at the head of the standings. In the fourth round with a 3-0 freaked Mestalla against Real Madrid, thanks to goals from Guillot, Waldo and Sanchez Lage. A week later, Valencia were imposed Barca in the Nou Camp, with comeback. Roberto Gil Muñoz signed and score. The valencianismo rubbing his eyes because a week after his team thrashed Mallorca 4-1 and, immediately afterwards, came a creditable victory in the fief of Sabadell. That team, which became the sensation of the League, would still few joys as a bulky 6-3 victory against Athletic Bilbao, which was measured to Espanyol in a rugged game. The Valencian earned a 2-1 win in a hurry, but paid a heavy price in terms of injuries and suspensions. It was the beginning of the end. In the following days chained eight losses and two draws them away from the top positions. The losing streak ended with a 4-0 win against Pontevedra.
That tremendous start gave way to a gruesome end campaign with four defeats and a draw in the last five days.
In the three years of Rafa Benitez lived a fantastic start in his last campaign, the doublet, although in the initial encounter was a disappointing draw against Valladolid at the Mestalla. Then Valencia won 0-1 in Pamplona, ​​also won by the minimum at home to Malaga, with a goal of Marchena, and three straight wins incontestable to Atletico Madrid 0-3, Real Madrid by 2 -0, and Barcelona by 0-1. The icing put the win against Espanyol with a 4-0 apotheosis. The Valencia became champion in that league 03/04 with three days in advance. More balanced was the debut of Benitez on the bench of Mestalla on 01/02, with a celebrated victory against Real Madrid with a goal by Angulo. Valencia remained undefeated before the thirteenth day when he fell in San Sebastián. However, obtained no victory but garnered two separate draws visitors to two at the Nou Camp and San Mames in games he was always ahead on the scoreboard. The Valencia improved its performance with a miraculous victory that would lead to Montjuïc champion.

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