Valencia Under 19’s smash the records but miss out on title
The Valencia Under-19 side enjoyed a sensational season under Miguel Angel Angulo as they smashed goalscoring records left, right and centre but ultimately fell just short of winning the title in a highly competitive play-off. In the season regular, Valencia dominated group 7 where they won all 38 games of the regular season with an eye watering 246 goals scored and just 18 against, over 100 goals better than their closest rivals Albacete, who finished 13 points behind with 2 draws and 3 defeats during the year.
Such dominance, unsurprisingly, also saw them clean up in the record books, where their phenomenal 16-2 victory over Murcia was both the biggest win and highest goalscoring match in the competition, although Barcelona topped them for consecutive wins. Dario Serra scored 7 goals in the thrashing of Murcia, also a record which saw him finish joint second in the top goalscorer charts with 38 alongside team-mate Àlex Olmedo, with Loren Zúñiga of Malaga hitting an even more impressive 48 goals. Valencia also dominated the passing stats during the season, including most key passes and best pass completion recognition, Hugo Montañana and Facundo González respectively earning the honours.
In the quarter-finals, Real Betis proved no match, with Valencia winning 5-1 against their counter parts, a double salvo from Pedro Alemañ among the pick of the bunch. However, they were to come unstuck in the semi-final against the equally impressive Barcelona, although a thrilling encounter between two sensational attacking sides went to extra time before a winner could be found, with both sides also scoring an own goal before Moussa N’Diaye grabbed his second of the game to hand Barcelona the win in El Ejido.
Barcelona went on to triumph in the final 2-1 against Celta Vigo, meaning they took the record for most consecutive wins with 41, after also enjoying a faultless season just like Valencia. With the club heavily reliant on bringing players through, the form of the Valencia youngsters will be a very welcome boost to the club hierarchy, with several potentially set to be given their chance in the senior ranks during the coming season, although there will also be one key departure with Pedro Alemañ heading to England to join Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. The 19 year old featured for both the Under-19s and Valencia B, where he made 13 appearances, during the season, and the club are devastated to be losing him abroad for no fee when his contract expires in the summer.Share this: