Emery’s strategy involves limiting Real Madrid’s space creation which will restrict their speed and ability to launch fast forward attacks.
Until Wednesday afternoon with the return on Valencia’s 7 international players the final lineup and strategy will not be decided. However Unai has let on to what he wants from his players.. during a training excersize he was overheard telling his players to practice closing down and forming lines of defence and keeping close man on man pressure.
Last season Real Madrid was up 5 nil int he first 53 minutes.
The Valencia Defence was torn to pieces.
The lack of intensity and concentration and glaring defensive errors were the principle cause in allowing Benzema, Higuain and Kaka large amount of space from which to launch their lethal attacks.
Speed and counter attack were the main weapons in Madrid’s arsenal according to Emery.
Emery drilled the players that on saterday defensive concentration involving a closing down of passing lanes towards goal.
Though the absence of Di Maria (leading assists in la liga) will be a relief to defend on the right wing, the Valencia coach insisted on the necesity to train hard this week on maintaining a high level of defensive concentration.
Only that way, coupled with aggresive pressire and cohesive lines will they be able to close down open spaces and limit the play making ability of a team that currently has 39 goals in 11 games.
Without a doubt, to beat Madrid, and intense solid back line must be matched by forward play making.
Expect Emery to play a Valencia squad which will attempt to hold on to possesion, avoid losing the ball and fall back to defend quickly to avoid Mourinho’s counterattack.
The defence’s priority will be to play zonal defence with defensive midfield falling back to cover pressure.. steal the ball and exploit the one weak point in Madrid, their defence.. especially on Marcelo’s side.
Unai held several quick counter attack strategies.
Tino Costa will be expected to add his flair for direct football that he showed off in the 2 nil victory over Levante a teamthat earlier in the season beat Madrid.
Unai Emery is convinced that his team will show a mental strength far superior to last season. Citing Valencia’s solid performances against Barca (2-2) and Chelsea (1-1)
Amunt Valencia !