For the fourth consective season, the Valencia CF Squad has been meticulously designed by Ché Head Coach - Unai Emery -
and his second-in-command Juan Carlos Garcedo.
As with previous seasons, Unai Emery relies on an ample first team squad consisting of 24 players.
Despite losing star players - Villa and Silva at the start of last season and Mata and Joaquín at the start of this one - Emery has placed his trust in the block that formed last season's first team with a few tasty additions.
Three of the new members of the Valencia CF Squad 2011-12 - Pablo Piatti, Feghouli and Diego Alves - have been signed from Emery's old club - Almeria.
A paricularly attractive signing is Sergio Canales from Real Madrid - let's hope he has the chance to shine with Los Ché this season.
Dani Parejo from Getafe is another promising midfielder with a lot to prove.
The other two signings are Adil Rami from Lille and Jonas Gonçalves from Porto Alegre!
This Valencia CF Squad looks pretty good to me, Barça and Madrid had better watch out!
|Coach: Unai Emery|
|1. Diego Alves (Goalkeeper)|
|2. Bruno (Defender)|
|3. Maduro (Defender)|
|4. Rami (Defender)|
|5. M.Topal (Midfield)|
|6. Abelda (Midfield)|
|7. Jonas (Forward)|
|8. Feghouli (Midfield)|
|9. Soldado (Forward)|
|10. Éver Banega (Midfield)|
|11. Adúriz (Forward)|
|12. A. Barragán (Defender)|
|13. Guaita (Goalkeeper)|
|14. Piatti (Forward)|
|15. Dealbert (Defender)|
|16. Canales (Forward)|
|17. Jordi Alba (Defender)|
|18. Victor Ruiz (Defender)|
|19. Pablo H. (Midfield)|
|20. Ricardo Costa (Defender)|
|21. Dani Parejo (Defender)|
|22. Mathieu (Defender)|
|23. Miguel (Defender)|
|43. Cristiano Parreira (Goalkeeper)|
He will be ably supported by Diego Alves and Cristiano Parreira.
I fancy Miguel and Mathieu with the permission of Jordi Alba in the back positions.
The very tough Rami and Victor Ruíz would make a very reliable central defence partnership.
But with Bruno, Maduro, Dealbert, Barragán and Ricardo Costa in the Valencia CF Squad, Unai Emery has many variations open to him.
Ever Banega also reads the game extremely well and is a guarantee for a side that needs to switch between offensive play and counterattack.
Pablo Hernandez also has a lot to offer and I'm sure he'll develop alongside more experienced players.
For the fourth midfield slot, I'd go for Dani Parejo, who when he was at Getafe created a lot of space for the attacking players.
Topal, Tino Costa and Feghouli will have their work cut out to find a regular place in the starting line-up but are very useful to have on the bench.
I've also got a suspicion that we might see Jordi Alba getting involved in midfield duties from time to time.
Roberto Soldado is just a great team player with a cool head and a killer instinct in the area.
Sergio Canales is a talent just waiting to explode and I'm sure Unai Emery will give him until at least Christmas to show what he's worth.
Piatti, Adúriz and Jonas can all provide a breath of fresh air whenever the first choice forwards run out of steam.
He's an excellent tactician capable of choosing the right player for the right game. I expect to see Valencia amongst the leaders at the end of the season.
Come on Los Ché!
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