Valencia FC vs Atlético de Madrid . Friday, February 14 . Time 9:00 p.m.  Estadio Mestalla  matchday 24 of La Liga Santander . Valencia and Atlético de Madrid will face each other in the match corresponding to matchday 24 The Santander League on Friday, February 14 at 9:00 p.m. at the Mestalla stadium. 

 

Day 24 of La Liga raises the curtain with a Spanish soccer classic, Valencia – Atlético. Maybe on a strange schedule for both teams, but that will have to serve to start the weekend in the best way. It is not the desired season for  ches and  mattresses,  for this reason Mestalla will serve as a litmus test for both sets. The difference between Madrid and Valencian only marks two points in the table. Whoever takes all 3 points will hit the table in the fight to be in the UEFA Champions League next season.

The irregularity of Valencia de Celades

Maybe Marcelino’s Valencia game was not the most colorful in the world, but it was regular. Even at the beginning of the competition, where Valencia chained a large number of draws, the fan knew that Valencia was going to see on the field: a rocky team, serious behind, with intensity and that he was going to fight the game. On Friday, Valencia can jump into the field with the spirit of nights like Ajax or Chelsea, or even as in big league games like the duel against Barça is the clearest example. Or on the contrary, you can play the game with the attitude of parties such as Mallorca, Real Madrid (Spanish Super Cup), Getafe among others.

Despite this irregularity, the team is only 2 points away from the Champions League. In the Champions League he will play next Wednesday the round of 16 of the Champions League, and in the Cup he was eliminated by Granada, in the first major failure of the season.

The lack of goal accuses Simeone’s

Discarded already the fight for the leadership, Simeone will have to fight for a place in the Champions League, taking into account that this fight teams like Getafe, Seville, Valencia itself, Real Sociedad and even Villareal. The  mattresses  score exactly 1 goal per game, with 23 goals in 23 games, finishing up to 5 games without scoring.

In the last 5 games Atlético de Madrid have won two games, tied one and lost two others, showing that it is also a very irregular team. In the Copa del Rey he was eliminated by the Leonese Culture and in the Champions League he will face Liverpool on Tuesday.

Celades: “There is no dynamic to change”

Albert Celades wants to remove the ghost of a crisis as it is and that is why in the previous clash against Atlético de Madrid he insisted that he has to change it is only the match against Getafe.

“We come from a bad game, but I don’t think we have to change a dynamic,” explained the coach. “We must be aware that they surpassed us, that they were much better and that we did not play a good game, but nothing more than that,” he said.

Simeone: “All energies and thoughts are put in Valencia”

Cholo Simeone spoke at the press conference prior to the match that will face Atlético and Valencia in Mestalla.

Morata and Costa for Liverpool. “I don’t value Tuesday’s game, all the energies and thoughts are put in Valencia. After the game we will see the following.”

Conjures. “Always winning generates enthusiasm and transmits enthusiasm, it also generates ego and pride to keep growing. These coexistence also serves the group and to live in a different place from our workplace”

Importance of the match. “It is a very important game because it is the one we have ahead of us. Valencia at home becomes very strong with its people. It has important players in the associative game, deep band players …. We must think about where to harm them in an important game”

Referee the match David Medié Jiméne

The party will mediate David Medié Jiméne, belonging to the Catalan committee . He debuted in the first division in 2017, and has refereed a total of 33 games. He has refereed Valencia on a total of 7 occasions, the last one being the 2-4 victory against Levante. In the rest of the matches, 5 wins and 2 losses.

We will see how arbitration occurs in Mestalla. The mattress team is still upset by the arbitrations suffered in the last two days, with two penalties for limbo in the derby and against Granada, and a clear expulsion to Roberto Soldado that the referee missed and the VAR did not rectify. Medié Jiménez was sanctioned for 1 month for a bad arbitration in a Levante – Valencia of the 2018 season.

Possible alignments and casualties

Valencia: Jaume; Wass, Mangala / Diakhaby, Gabriel Paulista, Jaume Costa; Ferran Torres, Kondogbia, Parejo, Carlos Soler; Maxi Gómez and Gameiro / Guedes.

Valencia arrives at the match with the losses of Rodrigo, Coquelin, Piccini.

Atlético de Madrid:  Oblack, Lodi, Santiago Arias, Savic, Felipe, Saúl, Marcos Llorente, Koke, Thomas, Correa and Vitolo

Simeone is also aware of the injured. The coach of Atlético de Madrid cannot count on Joao Félix, Diego Costa or Kieran Trippier, who are still injured. Nor with Héctor Herrera. The one that will be is Álvaro Morata.

The historic between Valencia and Atlético

Valencia and Atletico have faced in a total of 209 occasions. In all those games, Valencia has won 78 games, Atlético has won 82 and 49 have finished in a draw. The most repeated result is 1-1, which has been seen a total of 21 times.

The number of players who have played defending the colors of Atlético and Valencia is wide: Ever Banega, Arizmendi, Gameiro, David Villa, Mista, Lubo Penev, Rubén Baraja, Ballesta, Zamora, Vietto or Mario Suárez among many others. The biggest win in a Valencia – Atlético was seen in 1936, with a Valencia 9 – 1 Atlético de Madrid.

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