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What if Valencia had retained their best players in the last decade?

Silva Mata Villa Valencia
Juan Mata, David Silva and David Villa were all Valencia players
Deevya Mulani
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 19 Apr 2016, 16:45 IST
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Valencia are currently struggling in La Liga. Although they beat Barcelona in a tight contest at the Nou Camp, Los Che, as a club, are not what they used to be. They are the most successful team in Spain after Real Madrid and Barcelona though their current state does not show it.

The Spanish club have had an impressive record through the years, having won La Liga six times and reaching seven European finals, winning four of them.

In what was a successful spell in the mid-2000s under Rafa Benitez, the club also won a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup in 2004. Valencia by the mid-2000s had built a reputation as a formidable club in Spain and Europe.

Also read: Valencia celebrate Barcelona win by imitating infamous Real Madrid dressing room picture

Under Rafa Benitez, it looked like the club had built themselves a solid platform for future domestic and European success. In a tumultuous last decade for the club, managers were hired and fired due to disagreements with the administration.The club was soon struck by debt issues which forced them into selling their best players.

Valencia have developed a reputation as a feeder club in Europe, but it is felt that the club could have achieved a lot more. We take a look at the team that could have been had the club not sold its best players in the last 10 years.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper

Miguel Angel Moya played against Manchester City before leaving Valencia
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Miguel Angel Moya was signed by Valencia in June 2009 for €5 million from fellow Spanish club Mallorca. Interestingly, in his first appearance for the club, he played as a central midfielder in a preseason game against Manchester United. He made his La Liga debut in a 2-0 win at home to Sevilla.

Moya lost his place in the team as he made a few costly errors which cost them points. He was loaned out to Getafe CF in 2011 as part of a deal involving defensive midfielder Dani Parejo where he got many more minutes as a starter, only missing four games.

He joined La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in 2014 on a three-year contract as a replacement for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who left for Chelsea. He started most games in his first season until he got injured and lost his place to Jan Oblak.

Moya won the UEFA Super Cup in his debut season with Atletico while Valencia have not won any silverware since their last Copa del Rey in 2008.

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Published 19 Apr 2016, 16:37 IST
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