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Valencia are currently the best performing Spanish side

Thursday 23rd November 2017

If you haven't checked La Liga recently you may be surprised to be told that Valencia is in second place. You may have thought that one of the Madrid teams would be taking that spot but Valencia is proving this season to be resilient. So how are they second and can they continue their perfect form?

So far, Los Che has amounted 30 points from just 12 games. They are undefeated this season and have conceded less than one goal per game. Managed by Marcelino they have really put themselves in the hunt for the Spanish League title. With eight consecutive victories, Valencia are looking the real deal this season.

Players that have already put in some important performances include the likes of Simone Zaza, Rodrigo, Santi Mina, Goncalo Guedes, Geoffrey Kondobgia and captain, Dani Parejo. Zaza has tallied nine goals so far this season while Rodrigo has seven and Santi Mina is currently on five.

Joining in the summer, Zaza has been one of many successes so far at the club. Valencia boss Marcelino had also brought in Kondobgia and Guedes who have already been a hit with the fans. One other notable signing was that of Gabriel Paulista from Arsenal. He has appeared eight times this campaign meaning the manager has seen the Brazilian defender as an integral part of the team.

Of course, Barcelona are topping the table with four more points than Valencia but Els Taronges are certainly proud of what they have achieved so far. They are no strangers to winning titles either. Some of you will remember the last time they won La Liga back in the 2003/04 season and also the 2001/02 campaign.

The biggest test for Valencia is going to be their next fixture. Barcelona will travel to the Mestalla on Sunday evening in what should be an entertaining match-up. Two sides that are unbeaten and fighting for the top spot in Spain. Even if Barcelona beat Valencia and both Madrid teams win their games Valencia would still be three points ahead of third place. But they will not be thinking for one second about losing to Barcelona. With the current form they are in, Marcelino will rally his squad into a game-winning mentality and hopefully knock Barcelona off by surprise.

It's interesting to see that Marcelino opts for a standard 4-4-2 formation. With Zaza and Rodrigo up front, they have proved to be impressive goal threats. Amounting 16 goals between them is key if they are to push on for the top spot. Valencia are averaging just less than three goals per game and coming up against Barcelona will be the ultimate test.

Obvious threats will be Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Messi alone has already totalled 12 goals in as many games played. The Argentinian will continue to break records and Valencia will have to try their best in stopping him.

With how they have started the season Valencia should finish in a strong position whether that is top six or top four. Marcelino has moulded a very good side this season and they will continue to produce results like they have done already.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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