Valencia de Baraja has, like everyone else, one eye on the market and another on its preparation. In the first he is stagnant, in the second he advances with his kids. The black and white are playing their third pre-season friendly today, perhaps the first real test. at the end of the day St. Gallen comes from scoring six goals against Villarreal and to debut with a victory in their league against Basel. So the Swiss will gauge the intensity of Baraja’s pupils.
Valencia has taken out their first two summer bowling with a clean sheet. In both with goals from those homegrown players who did so much good last year to avoid the relegation of the Mestalla club. Against Nottingham Forest Javi Guerra scored; against Spartak Trnava, Alberto Marí. In those games it was seen that Baraja opted for a 4-4-2, forgetting to play in the center and focusing his comings and goings on the wings of Thierry and Gayà.
Baraja has all the footballers with whom he traveled to Switzerland available, with the exception of Yunus Musah. The New Yorker has discomfort in one of his knees and knows of Milan’s interest in taking over his services. Baraja’s men, after the game, will end their tour of Central Europe, returning to Valencia this Wednesday to prepare there for the last 17 days before their league debut against Sevilla.
Javi Quintillà, a Spaniard in the Swiss ranks
St. Gallen, where the Spanish Jordi Quintillà plays, is a historic Swiss league. In fact it is the oldest club in continental Europe. Only in England do we find clubs founded before 1897. The Swiss are also becoming a ‘classic’ for Valencia in summer. Last year they already faced each other. Curiously, St. Gallen is the rival against whom Gonçalo Guedes scored his last goal as a Valencian player. That day, Gattuso’s Valencia won 0-2, with goals from the Portuguese and Koba. The latter will be here today, Guedes was sold shortly after that meeting.
st gallen: Lawrence, Fazliji, Zanotti, Diaby, Isaac; Gortler; Quintilla, Christian; Von M., Geubbels and Valki.
Valencia: Jaume, Thierry, Paulista, Diakhaby, Gayà; Fran Pérez, Pepelu, Javi Guerra, Jesús Vázquez; Diego Lopez and Hugo Duro.
Hour: 20:00 (Goal Play)