August and September 2013
Valencia started the season with some very hard matches against Barcelona and Real Madrid both inside the first month of the season. There were also some easier matches where Cañizares had to pick up points.
And to the surprise of many, Valencia won their match against Barça with 4-2, after being 2-0 behind. This win came after a bland draw against Granada, to make the result even more surprising. But against Real, Valencia was bad again. After 11 minutes, they conceded, and when Rami got a straight red in the 21st minute, things weren’t looking good for Cañizares’ team. In the 37th minute, Cerci had to come of injured as well, at the time Valencia were 3-0 behind. Luckily, Cerci only got an injury for about 2 weeks. The match eventually finished 3-1 because Los Che played a good second half.
The rest of the month was very good for Cañizares, as he got 3 victories from 3 matches. Although these were fairly easy matches, the manner with which the team won, must’ve been very pleasing for all Valencia fans. In these 3 matches, the Mestalla outfit conceded no goals. They also impressed the pundits with their quick, attacking football that was first introduced against Barcelona, where they won 4-2. The team aims to take advantage of mistakes and sluggish play by the opposition, and this has led to many goals.
All in all, Valencia have made a great impression under Cañizares, and the team has changes to a team that really plays together, with quick, attacking football.
Player of the Month(s):
Centre back Nicolás Otamendi has scored a total of 4 goals in the first 7 matches, and this combined with his good defensive work leads to him being player of September.
Priméra Division table: