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Valencia's 5 best performers in the 2017/18 season

Atletico Madrid v Valencia - La Liga
Marcelino has turned around the fortunes of Los Che
Suhas Narayan
Modified 12 Mar 2018, 16:37 IST

When Valencia defeated Real Betis at the Mestalla on Sunday, they made it 13 points out of their last five matches in the La Liga.

This came after a run of six straight defeats, in all competitions.

Only table toppers, Barcelona have accumulated more points at home in La Liga, this season.

Compare this to last season, when Valencia won just eight and lost seven of their home games, and it comes as no surprise that Los Che has climbed to a lofty fourth spot, just a point behind Real Madrid, in the La Liga.

After a couple of years in the mid-table wilderness, the team is back as contenders for a UCL spot.

Elsewhere, the club also did well in the Copa Del Rey, losing out narrowly to defending champions, Barcelona, in the semi-finals.

Marcelino has worked wonders in making them a tough team to beat this season.

Here, we look at five players that have propelled Valencia to great heights this season:

#5 Rodrigo Moreno (Striker, 26 appearances, 10 goals, 4 assists)

Valencia v Barcelona - Copa del Rey Semi Final Second Leg
Rodrigo Moreno in action against Barcelona, in the Copa Del Rey.

With 10 goals and 4 assists in 26 appearances, Rodrigo Moreno has been one of the stars of Valencia, who has been reborn under Marcelino and is enjoying the best season of his career at the Mestalla since signing on from Benfica.

He has been ever-present for Valencia this season, going on a run of eight goals in 10 appearances, early in the season.

He has a knack for scoring late equalizers and winners and has an ability to raise his game for the big games, having scored important goals against Barcelona and in the derby against Levante.

Clearly, if Rodrigo continues to perform well until the end of the season, he has an outside chance of making it to the Spanish team for the World Cup in Russia.

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