Espanyol said goodbye to the season at Cornella against Valencia. The fight ended in a draw (1:1), but it didn’t matter. There was nothing on the line. Nonsense on the field and in the stands: 14,990 spectators, the second most visited track. In any case, on the day that 11,095 were counted against Villarreal, health restrictions were still in place. And it’s not that the Valencia fans are delighted with the Bordalas team, on the contrary. The VCF platform called for a protest on May 22 to prevent the public from entering the Mestalla in the last League match against Celta.
Diego Lopez, Sergi Gomez, David Lopez (Jofre, min. 86), Ruben Sanchez, Cabrera, Tonny Villena (Didak, min. 86), Fran Merida (Dani, min. 67), Oscar Melendo (Melamed, min. 57) , Darder, Javi Puado (Embarba, min. 67) and De Thomas
Cillessen, Eray Komert (Yunus Musa, min. 65), Thierry Correia, Fulkier, Omar Alderete, Gaja, Uros Racic (Gonzalo Guedes, min. 73), Moriba Kuruma, Carlos Soler (Brian Gil Salvatierra, min. 73), Maxi Gomez (Mario Dominguez, min. 88) and Marcos Andre (Cheryshev, min. 73)
goals 0-1 min. 36: Maxi Gomez. 1-1 min. 46: From Thomas.
referee Alexander Muniz Ruiz
yellow cards Fran Merida (min. 2), De Thomas (min. 44), Darder (min. 69), Omar Alderete (min. 90) and Didak (min. 91)
These are two numb historical figures. Valencia are the fourth most seasoned team in the First Division (86); Espanyol, fifth (85). Second only to Madrid, Barça and Athletic (90). However, now they are in limbo. The past is not visible in the mirror of the present, and the future is the game between Valencia and Espanyol. Under the control of two foreign shareholders, numbers seem more important than patterns, both in Mestalla and Cornella.
Peter Lim landed at Valencia in 2014. Two years later, Chen Yansheng stayed at Espanyol. Both owners had a mutual friend: Kim Koh, Lim’s right-hand man until 2020. A year earlier, in 2019, Lim’s leadership hit a ceiling in Mestalla, at least locally. Valencia won the Copa, their first title in 11 years. In the same campaign, Espanyol sealed their return to Europe after 12 seasons. Although the goal Yansheng promised when he bought the club is far from the goal – “we will play in the Champions League,” he said – the Europa League and the presence of Ruby on the bench seemed to give Espanyol a personality. It was an illusion. That same summer, the coach left the club, his franchise player Borja Iglesias left, and he did not reinvest in signings.
Since Chen’s arrival, the blue and white club have spent almost 128 million on transfers and have already transferred 116 million. The most money was invested in the 2019-2020 school year, when they tried in vain to bargain for relegation. So, Vicente Moreno was called to return the team to the First Division. The project lasted two courses; This Friday, the club sacked Moreno, the eighth coach of the Chen era. There was no peace in sports management either: Domingo Catoira, who replaced Rufete, will become the fifth person in charge of professional football. Catoira must create a difference of more than 20 million transfers to balance the accounts. De Tomas, who did not even celebrate the equalizing goal – Gomez put Valencia ahead – there is a sell sign. Moving further away from Corneglia every year – it hasn’t happened since before the pandemic – Chen’s idea is to keep the club healthy until the sale of its shares is completed. He wants about 230 million.
Peter Lim also rarely meets Mestalla. In the Cup final against Betis, he was represented by his son Kiat. “My dad gets up at 3am in Singapore to watch every game,” Kiat says. Lim is leaving Valencia and the bats fans have long lost their patience.
In any case, it doesn’t look like the Valencia fans are the only ones fed up with Lim. Bordalas no longer hides his distaste for broken promises. He is not the only Valencia coach who was promised reinforcements at the Lima stage that never materialized. Under Lim, Valencia signed for 506m and transferred for 460m. Over the past two years they have bought for 12m and sold for 90m. Also, like Espanyol, Valencia’s game idea jumps from name to name. In Lima’s nine seasons, nine coaches sat on the Mestalla’s bench. Valencia are losing strength in the league and in Europe, for the third consecutive season they have been left out of continental tournaments.
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