Without the embers of a day of the League going out, the next one arrives. And this calendar date holds a Villarreal-Valencia, a derby that in another era would have been one of the games marked in red on the calendar but that, Today, it almost hinders the planning of both teams in what lies ahead. An immediate future which, for both, is historic (follow the match live on As.com).
Villarreal is eight days away from facing Liverpool, along with Arsenal in 2006, the most important tie in its history. With Gerard injured, Unai has set them the challenge of reaching Real Sociedad, to ensure Europe, no matter what happens in the Cup final. Precisely that final is the one that brings Valencia upside down. The season is played in one game. Europe, via League, it’s already far away. And a title and the passport for the next Europa League, just one step away. A derby against the grain.
If they could, both technicians would suspend the match. But since they cannot, it is about minimizing the damage in the face of future commitments. Unai will take out an eleven with a mix of starters and regular substitutes. Gerard’s absence will be replaced by Yeremy, who will play upstairs alongside Danjuma. Parejo will be part of the game in a duel always special for himas reported yesterday by Coslada on his social networks.
In it ValenciaBordalás won’t take any chances in a match that is played four days before the grand final of the Cup. They will not play Paulistawho is still trying to reach the final even though he hasn’t set foot on the pitch yet, neither Guedes, who finished the duel against Osasuna with a cervical contracture. In addition to the Portuguese Racic, Hugo Guillamón, Gayà, Bryan Gil and Diakhaby, all starters in the La Cartuja final, barely trained yesterday. Bordalás will save them for the big date.