During the month of August, Sabella oversaw his first competitive matches as Los Che’s boss. They kicked off their La Liga campaign against last season’s surprise package, Elche away from home, and then saw them play fellow coast-dwellers Málaga at the Mestalla. The month was certainly entertaining for the Valencia supporters, with a total of goals scored by their team in two matches.
Mustafi gave Valencia their first competitive goal of the season, and the lead
Alcácer’s penalty and first goal of the season gave Valencia a 2-0
Alcácer bags his second goal of the game
Elche centre back Roco pulled one back for Elche
Rodrigo supplied a beautiful ball in-between the centre backs, which Alcácer finished calmly, bagging the match ball and his hattrick
Otamendi lost sight of Coro, allowing the striker to blast one past Diego Alves
A very good win, and I could not have wished for better for the first game. We looked threatening going forward and full of confidence and energy. The understanding between Paco and Rodrigo is amazing, they both have really hit the ground running, showing that we can rely on the two. However, the goals we conceded were a little disappointing – one from a set play and the other from a mistake. I will look to iron out these issues the next game, but overall, a very good win.
Paco Alcácer nets his first goal of the game to give Valencia the lead at the Mestalla
After Bertan brought down Alcácer in the box, the Spanish striker stepped up and finished the spot-kick emphatically to give Valencia a two-nil cushion
A wonderfully crafted move was finished by young Argentine Rodrigo De Paul, with a very well taken finish.
After Mustafi missed a vital interception, it allowed loanee Luis Alberto to capitalise and blast one past Diego Alves
Rodrigo finished a nice square ball from Alcácer to restore Valencia’s three goal lead
Mustafi again missed a header, allowing the Malaga player to win the ball, and fire it towards the goal, however it rebounded off the post and into Diego Alves, who knocked it in without knowing
Alcácer got his third goal from a sweet header after Feghouli crossed the ball in, giving the striker his second hattrick in as many games
Another very good win, against a good side. The goals we scored were very good goals, nicely crafted and well worked. Alcácer and Rodrigo taunted the Malaga defence and really pulled them apart. However, Mustafi was a let-down. His two missed headers lead to Malaga’s two goals, and that needs to be sorted. Otherwise, a very nice win
Next Month: September
The first game of September sees Valencia travel to Madrid to play potential champions Real Madrid – a game the Los Che fans want a result from, but won’t be upset with a small loss due to the opposition’s strength. They then play Espanyol at the Mestalla, and then travel to play Rayo away. They wrap up the month with a game at home against Almería.