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Can Bordalas bring the club back to Europe?

The era of Peter Lim as the owner of Valencia was tumultuous to say the least, with the club hovering around relegation zone for a season and then finishing fourth for two consecutive seasons to qualify for the Champions League before settling down as Midfield club for the last two seasons.

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Peter Lim, the owner of Valencia. (Courtesy Image: AS / Website)

After finishing ninth in the 2019-20 league and the new appointment of Javi Garcia as manager, many have expected Los Murciélagos to improve their league position in the 2020-21 season but they couldn’t as the former Watford manager was fired just before the end of the season, with the club turning 12the.

The club is still being rebuilt, but with many of the stars knocked out in previous seasons due to the club’s financial difficulties, the squad is exhausted in terms of the quality that can fire them back to Europe. Yes, there are some exciting youngsters who have shown a touch of talent, but that wouldn’t be enough to make it into the top six.

FootTheBall will let you know how the season could go for the club and whether Valencia’s new coach Jose Bordalas can bring European competitions back to Mestalla.

THE ERA OF BORDALAS

When Marcelinho was appointed manager of the club in 2017, the goals he had in mind were to bring Valencia to Europe and be competitive in the league. The Spaniard managed to beat all expectations after taking the club to fourth place in the league and the Copa Del Rey semifinals. He repeated the same thing in the league the following season, helping Valencia take the Copa Del Rey this time along with an appearance in the last four.

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Marcelino during a press conference in 2018. (Courtesy Image: Marca / Website)

Now Valencia management and fans are hoping that Jose Bordalas’ appointment can bring these days back after two disappointing seasons, 2019-20 and 2020-21. The former Getafe manager, who stayed there for almost five years, had worked wonders with the Azulones, leading them to promotion in his first season as ladder and then to Europa League qualification.

However, it remains to be seen whether he will be supported in the transfer market and whether his decisions will be signed by the club as owner Peter Lim and his staff are known to be a little stingy in signing players for the club.

IS THE SQUAD ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU EUROPEAN FOOTBALL?

Almost half the roster is filled with players from the academy, and while there have been some departures, not a single high-profile deal has been struck by the club coming into the 2021-22 season. Unless some transfers arrive, a large part of the next season will again depend on youngsters like Carlos Soler, Goncalo Guedes, Maxi Gomez and Manu Vallejo. Young players like Musah and Kang-In Lee are becoming even more important to the roster.

While her defense is pretty good, it is midfield that will haunt her in the coming season. Jose Gaya, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby and Daniel Wass form a decent defense for the club, and that only intensifies with the arrival of Paraguayan international Omar Alderete, who was loaned from German club Hertha BSC and Valencia’s only commitment in the current transfer window .

But in midfield there is no other name than Soler that can inspire the team to win. Daniel Wass is an experienced head at the center of the pitch, but apart from him, it’s only the youngsters who make up the midfield of the squad. With players like Hector Herrera running out of plans at Atletico Madrid, Bordalas may be able to capitalize on the Mexican’s experience in midfield, but a move from Isco, who faces a minute shortage at Real Madrid, could well make the difference between Valencia in the top Half of the table and a challenge for European football.

valencia-iscoIsco is short of minutes at Real Madrid and a possible return to Valencia could revive his career. (Courtesy Image: Real Madrid / Website)

FINAL THOUGHTS

With players like Sevilla, Real Betis, Villarreal and Celta Vigo stepping up ahead of the season, it is certain that the coming season will be difficult for Valencia under Jose Bordalas. But he has been known to work miracles with very limited resources, as he saw while at Getafe.

But Bordalas will be hoping to get some support in the transfer market and not become like Javi Garcia, who was promised reinforcement but didn’t get the same, leading to his departure a month before the end of the 2020/21 season.

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