David F. Sanchidrián
Few Valencia fans would have been pleased upon seeing their team drawn with Bayern Munich, due to the history between the two clubs, the difference in quality between the two sides and the difference in financial power.
However, few Valencia fans would have predicted a game like the one that took place tonight in the Allianz Arena, a game which Valencia lost due to their own errors, which were numerous and proved detrimental for a team who were well organised at the back but incapable of bringing the ball out.
One should remember that Valencia and their coach Maurico Pellegrino were plagued by injuries, obliging them to play with a skeleton midfield consisting of Parejo, Tino Costa and Jonas to combat the immense physical power of Bayern. To a certain extent they managed to cope, but it was when they had the ball at their feet that Valencia succumbed.
Both of Bayern's goals, scored by Schweinsteiger and Kroos respectively, came about due to errors in the middle of the park, the first by Jonas and the second by Feghouli. Valdez, Valencia's best player on the night, made for a frantic finish by scoring late on to give the visitor's a chance, but it was too little too late.