Girona – Valencia: Valencia Are Starting To Convert Their Chances (2-3)
Marcelino’s men finally start to show more efficiency up front as Valencia grabbed all three points away to Girona. The home side had a lot of possession, but as so many teams have, they failed to break down Valencia’s compact 4-4-2 set-up. Despite both strikers going off and being reduced to ten men, Ferrán Torres broke forward in the final minutes to give them the win in a very open and entertaining game.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Eusebio’s Girona continued their transition from three-at-the-back systems into a 4-3-2-1 formation after a good run of form, which has seen them beat both Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in their last three games. The heart of this team very much lies in the midfield line of three, which features captain Álex Granell, Pere Pons and Manchester City loanee Aleix García.
Valencia’s season has been defined by excellent underlying numbers and mediocre results. Valencia made four changes after their 2-1 victory over FK Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday night. Facundo Roncaglia and José Luis Gayà returned to the defense, replacing Mouctar Diakhaby and Toni Lato. Francis Coquelin was replaced by fellow Frenchman, Geoffrey Kondogbia in central midfield, whilst Ferrán Torres came in ahead of Carlos Soler on the right wing, offering more pace and verticality. Marcelino, of course, started Valencia in their usual 4-4-2 formation.
Girona take the ball . . .