Valencia had to work hard to gain their first win of the season today in a game which highlighted their many weaknesses and showed that Celta are capable of playing very attractive football.
Celta's inability to create chances despite playing well and an improved second half performance by Valencia lead to Maurico Pellegrino's side taking the three points but the Argentine boss will be concerned about his own team's ability to create scoring opportunities.
Celta dominated the first half and controlled the ball from the first minute and had Valencia at their mercy. They undeservedly went behind to a goal by Sofiane Feghouli in the fourth minute, the only attacking move by the hosts in the first 45, but did not let their heads drop and continued to dictate the play.
They got their reward when Michael Khron-Dehli scrambled the ball over the line, taking advantage of the indecision of Aly Cissokho and Diego Alves.
A quarter of an hour had gone and Celta had already forced four corners against an impotent Valencia who were short on ideas and unable to neutralise their opponents excellent creative play in the middle of the park.
Despite their superiority, Celta lacked potency and were unable to score and take a lead with them into half-time.
The second half began in the same manner as the first, with a goal for the hosts. On this occasion Cissokho got on the end of a Tino Costa free-kick to restore Valencia's lead.
Aspas could have equalised on two occasions but was unable to find the net. Celta were not the team they were in the first half and Valencia improved, with Roberto Soldado and Jonas making their presence felt after a poor first half.
As Celta's performance dropped so did the quality of the game and few chances were created before the final whistle blew. In the end Celta will be disappointed with the result while it was a bitter-sweet victory for Valencia.