After winning a rather convincing six pointer by three goals to one against defending champions Atletico Madrid, do Valencia have what it takes to charge on and break the leading La Liga trio this season?
Valencia coach, Nuno Santo has no complaints after his team’s strong start this season.
The Los Che coach has kept his cool and played down claims they may challenge for the title as his team are lavished with praise after after several victories at the Mestalla and not losing a single game so far this season.
The Spanish side are currently second in the La Liga table, two points behind leaders Barcelona, but do they have the potential to remain there as Atletico Madrid did last season? The answer is questionable at best.
A 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad saw the eager Valencia side back down with their tail between their legs as they were left outrun and outplayed by a stonger Sociedad side.
It goes without saying that their ultimate glory came when a 3-1 win against consistent team Atleti (albeit one suffering from a Champions League hangover) made them heroes again and reinforce their belief that they can tackle the top three.
Los Rojiblancos suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of a competitive Valencia and saw themselves drop out of the top four, being replaced by Real Madrid after their standard thrashing of Athletic Bilbao.
Last season saw Atletico competing against dynamic duo rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, and coming oh, so close to succeeding with their Champions League aims.
Sevilla are also one of the top ambitious underdogs who are slowly but surely improving with each game. This season seems to pave the way for returning power Valencia, who have only just started making a challenge, to have a run at breaking the top trio.
Valencia have not been a name a household name for quite a while a now and their re-introduction at the top certainly has the potential to make for some interesting games and at the very least a stronger La Liga.
They were once a powerful team in the early 2000s, having produced a lot of talented players such as Valencia legends David Villa, Roberto Soldado, David Silva and Joaquin who took home some great trophies and titles including Super Cups, Copa del Rey and La Liga. Juan Mata was also a top Valencia player.
As always – and especially in Spain, money matters interfere and all good things come to an end – after selling all of your leading players.
With some luck, a tough coach and the likes of fresh young talent Paco Alcácer, Rogrigo and Andre Gomes, they can all possibly make Valencia into the team they once were.
Their determination and physical playing style has already proven strong and effective, all they need now is a stronger midfield – the cherry on the cake for the recipe of success.
Inevitably, they have a lot of work to do and an awfully long way to go before they reach success, but if they carry on with the standard of their current gameplay, Los Che could reach the summit of the Liga sooner than one might think. ]Only time will tell how long their winning streak lasts – or how long it will be before the big boys come calling for their top talent once again.
La Liga fans. Are they ready to take on the top three? Do they have what it takes or will the giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid prevail? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.