Valencia 4-1 Eibar

Gonçalo Guedes is enjoying some fine form ahead of the European Championships, with a brace on Sunday evening helping Valencia to victory over Eibar in their final home match of the Spanish season.

Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium was permitted to host 5,000 supporters as they attempted to put a positive end on a forgettable season, and two goals from Guedes inspired Los Ches to victory and relegated Eibar to the Segunda Division.

The former Benfica man opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, beating Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitroic with a left-footed finish after being found by Carlos Soler. Midfielder Soler then scored twice and Eibar pulled one back through Bryan Gil, before Guedes rounded off the scoring with his second early in the second half, using his right foot this time to finish coolly.

Valencia have endured a miserable season and occupy 13th place heading into the final matchday at Huesca next weekend. The team’s plight makes Guedes’ upturn in recent form more significant, as he stakes his claim to make Fernando Santos’ 26-man squad to defend Portugal’s European Championships crown this summer.

No point playing without fans - Guedes

“I worked hard to play well,” Guedes told www.valenciacf.com after the match. “I was not having much continuity and I have had two good months. I’m happy. The important thing is that your good performance helps your team win. Today I am much happier. I felt very good. I think I had a good game, and the team took all three points.

“The fans? It's always good to hear people in the stands supporting us. There is no point in playing without spectators present.

“It felt like going 'back to normal' and what we players like. It’s good to have pressure and be able to celebrate with the fans. For us it is always an honour to have fans here. Not having them here was difficult, but hopefully everything will return to normal soon.

“We had a great game. The fans deserved it. We showed that we have quality, and the fans clearly help us out.”

Guedes has ten goal contributions in La Liga this season (five goals; five assists) with eight coming since March. Pedro Neto has been ruled out of Euro 2020 and with emerging concerns over the fitness od Diogo Jota, the position of wide attacker could see an opening for the 24-year-old in the Seleção ranks.

What do you think? Is Guedes playing himself into Santos’ plans? Let us know your views

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

 

Comments (5)

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Just what I said a few weeks ago! Guedes is honestly finding some real solid form. He’s also scored some pretty big goals for the Seleçao.

Klopp has just ruled out Jota for the rest of the season, and this is a major blow for both Liverpool and...

Just what I said a few weeks ago! Guedes is honestly finding some real solid form. He’s also scored some pretty big goals for the Seleçao.

Klopp has just ruled out Jota for the rest of the season, and this is a major blow for both Liverpool and Portugal. Having Pedro and possibly him out, we are going to be missing two very solid wingers.

Perhaps when lining up this may shift things and might mimic what we had in 2016 with an overload of central midfielders. Perhaps we’ll play in a 4-1-2-1-2 - I’m not sure.

Read More
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Andre Silva is sticking in good form, hopefully we can use a formation that supports him mow that Jotta and Pedro are out

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

First thing....jota is not out of contention for euros...liverpool have 2 games left thats why he is ruled out for rest of season...it would have been mentioned if he was out of euros.

Secondly...guedes would have likely taken place of neto...

First thing....jota is not out of contention for euros...liverpool have 2 games left thats why he is ruled out for rest of season...it would have been mentioned if he was out of euros.

Secondly...guedes would have likely taken place of neto anyways...i dont see santos stumping for trincao or leao at this point...however...after watching the lisbon derby...i cannot see why for any reason that Pote is not called for the euros after scoring 20 goals and leading the team to a title at 22...he was awesome and there is zero reasons why you leave a player like that for u21s...how could you justify guedes or rafa silva or even neto for that matter over Pote given the output and quality.....makes zero sense....not to mention his versatility as a 10, 11 or 8. He plays in a front 2 or 3, is really quick, strong in 1v1, can play a pass, calm and he scores...he is only behind bruno, andre and ronaldo in goals. A scandal if he doesnt go especially with an extra 3 players...

Also, nuno mendes is 100% and the only real question for me is the 2nd choice right back and who comes at CB behind pepe, fonte and ruben. duarte was injured, carmo injured, maybe R.Semedo...

No way cedric makes team...he doesnt play in a terrible arsenal side...at least nelson plays week in week out...even ricardo plays more and he is just back from a long injury...

Read More
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

is he on loan from the Wolves?

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

It’s too little too late. March form should be with a material, players and programs are mentally checked out. I had HUGE expectations for GG. Maybe watching Euros from home will the motivating pain for GG to solidify himself as a top 5 prospect...

It’s too little too late. March form should be with a material, players and programs are mentally checked out. I had HUGE expectations for GG. Maybe watching Euros from home will the motivating pain for GG to solidify himself as a top 5 prospect from Portugal. Alas Bruno Fernandez after Italy stints

Read More
There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

      

Partners