Valencia – Eibar: Valencia Rue Missed Chances As A Dominant Eibar Grab A Late Goal (0-1)
Valencia’s Champions League hopes continue to wane as a confident Eibar side dominated the game. Valencia started out in a surprisingly passive setup, and failed to turn the tide against Eibar who played like they always do, pressing high. Eibar secured a deserved win with a late goal and played themselves safe for another year of LaLiga football.
Tactical analysis and match report by Tom Quartly.
Sunday morning saw sixth and tenth in LaLiga go head to head. Still hanging on to the hope of Champions League football after a disappointing start to the season, Valencia had found the net eight times in their past three games, overcoming Real Betis and Levante before losing last time out to Atlético Madrid. Central midfielders Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin had started the past two games together in a 4-4-2 formation, so it would be interesting to see if Marcelino would line up in a similar way again.
He did. Marcelino changed little structurally from their narrow 3-2 loss at the Wanda Metropolitano. With Neto in goal, the main switch came at the back where central defenders Mouctar Diakhaby and Ezequiel Garay were replaced by Facundo Roncaglia and Gabriel. José Gayá and Daniel Wass continued in fullback whilst Ferran Torres and Gonçalo Guedes were deployed on the wings.
As mentioned earlier, Parejo and Coquelin continued their partnership in the prolonged absence of Geoffrey Kondogbia. There was a single change up top in Marcelino’s 4-4-2 shape as Kevin Gameiro was . . .