Valencia vs Chelsea Preview

Valencia vs Chelsea Preview

Chelsea are facing a battle to qualify with three teams tied on seven points in their group. They travel to face one of their main competitors on Wednesday, as they will face off with Valencia. During the previous meeting, the Spanish side took the three points. However, the Blues had the better chances and came away feeling very unfortunate to be on the losing side. Since that game, the Blues have developed a lot as a side, as shown at …
Antonio Valencia - Does He Deserve His Extension?

Antonio Valencia - Does He Deserve His Extension?

A week ago, Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia quashed all the exit rumours by signing a 3-year extension with the club, a move that failed to excite many of the club's supporters. Once David Moyes got the sack, a major squad overhaul was expected which primarily means getting rid of the deadwood. But then, very few expected Antonio Valencia to play under the new manager Louis Van Gaal, owing to a disastrous last ten to twelve months. In this piece, …
Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

When Michael Owen was released from Manchester United recently, Valencia stepped up to become Manchester United’s new Number 7. However, it is my strong belief that Nani should have been the one to don the jersey instead. Why, you might ask? Before we get into my rationale, let’s explore the significance of the Number 7, and Manchester United’s love affair with that number. History To sum it in one word, it’s the history. That’s the best way to try to …
Premier League 2011/12 – Top creators & their positions

Premier League 2011/12 – Top creators & their positions

Juan Mata here in England, Mesut Ozil in Spain, Eden Hazard in France, Andrea Pirlo in Italy – all top sides in their respective divisions need a quality provider! Having that player on the pitch who can create goal scoring chances consistently and ‘out of nothing’ is a necessity for a team with Championship challenging ambitions. Stereotypically, the English game and goal scoring creation would generally throw up the idea of fast, ‘jinky’ wing play and crossing/finishing. The paradigm that …
Antonio Valencia | Man United's Creative Machine

Antonio Valencia | Man United's Creative Machine

Antonio Valencia had a timid start to the 2011/12 season. It looked as though he lacked confidence, wasn't trying to take on players and wasn't creating any chances either. Vikesh Chevli, one of our Manchester United writers and also known on Twitter as @RedMancunia, wrote an interesting article about Valencia on this very site with regards to this lack of confidence which can be found here: Is Antonio Valencia lacking confidence? The article mentioned above was dated on 1st December …