Valencia Another costly error from the centre-back
Valencia will not reach the Champions League with Mouctar Diakhaby as a starter.
That’s the conclusion from Valencia‘s 1-1 draw with Levante as the centre-back was a disaster at Mestalla, just like when he conceded two penalties in the 4-3 loss to Atalanta just before the coronavirus pause.
Rodrigo put Los Che ahead, but Diakhaby conceded an absurd penalty, allowing the visitors equalise in stoppage time.
Here is a look at the other main takeaways from Friday night’s derby.
Ruben Vezo and Goncalo Guedes had no rest.
They’re close friends who dine and holiday together, but they went head to head on Friday night and neither wanted to lose an inch.
Roger Marti has a temper, but he also lets himself down for childish reasons.
The Levante striker will now miss their meeting with Sevilla for a foolish red card that he didn’t need to pick up.
After three months of waiting to play, he ended his night early with a nonsensical second yellow card.
Hugo Guillamon is a kid who has come through at Valencia, but hasn’t yet been renewed.
He’s extended his contract to finish the season, but it looks like he’ll be on his way out.
Albert Celades believed in him, and that faith is being repaid, with the youngster looking like he’s been playing at the top level for years.
Football is weird now.
Arriving at the stadium without seeing fans bustling outside is strange, and motivation can be lost.
Then the players arrive on the pitch to silence and you can hear them having to motivate themselves.
There’s no support, no hype, no songs, not even that classic ‘gooool’ shout that shakes Mestalla.
Even the photo of each starting XI ahead of kickoff has disappeared.