Yesterday's match against Levante was quite nice to watch. The refereeing was a bit uneven, but Valencia was the better team. I was worried about the loss of Banega but the distribution was in Tino Costa's capable hands.
I've always thought Jordi Alba was misplaced as a LB, so I like the fact that he is playing in his more natural position. Also, I like what I have seen of Feghouli the last few matches. He's still a bit raw, but with more confidence and playing time he may just become a kind of Pablo Hernandez 2.0. Barragan was okay, steady, but not exceptional. The defence pair of Ruiz and Rami is the best pairing Valencia has had in years.
Still don't know what to make of Piatti and Parejo, but the season is young and they will get more playing time. Then again it seems that Valencia seems to over-correct when it comes to transfers, or rather, they don't get it right the first time and they have to look for the second or third time. Example, Moya, no strike that, example Renan. Did not work out, so they needed to find someone else. Then came Moya. And then came Alves. You could probably make the same arguments for a number of positions, but also, you could argue that during the lean years of having next to no money for transfers they did the best that they could. Anyway, enough of this digression, though the point is that I wonder if Piatti and Parejo were even needed/necessary.
Next match is a big one. I'd love to see Valencia beat down the Arrogant One and his team of overpriced talent to the tune of 8-1. Of the big two in Spain, I find Real Madrid the more loathsome.