Monday evening saw Valencia draw 2-2 at home to Almería, prolonging the rut that Gennaro Gattuso’s team is going through. With only one win in their last nine league games, a victory against Real Betis on November 10, Valencia are steadily dropping down the table.
Currently, in 12th and only three points off of the relegation zone, Los Che haven’t been able to recover after going into the World Cup break in shaky form. Valencia went on a five-game winless streak during October and November, shortly before the international tournament paused club football.
Since the restart, a loss against rivals Villareal (2-1), another against Cádiz (0-1), and their recent draw on Monday mean that Valencia have worryingly only picked up seven points out of the last possible 27.
Most concerningly, this streak has seen Mestalla, usually a fortress presenting a challenge to even the best teams, has seen their hosts drop points against on-paper weaker sides such as Mallorca, Cádiz, and Almería.
Gattuso will need to find a creative way to change his team’s fate before they drop even closer to the relegation zone.
GSFN | Nicolás Antúnez de Mayolo