Football: Valencia's Singaporean president Anil Murthy reveals factors behind revival as Los Che qualify for Champions League

Rodrigo Moreno (far left, with midfielder Goncalo Guedes) has powered Valencia's bid for Champions League football with 16 LaLiga goals this season. Striker Santi Mina, 22 (below), with 12 league goals in 17 games, is one of the young guns who have i
Rodrigo Moreno (with midfielder Goncalo Guedes) has powered Valencia's bid for Champions League football with 16 LaLiga goals this seasoPHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PHOTO: VALENCIA CF
Rodrigo Moreno (far left, with midfielder Goncalo Guedes) has powered Valencia's bid for Champions League football with 16 LaLiga goals this season. Striker Santi Mina, 22 (below), with 12 league goals in 17 games, is one of the young guns who have i
Striker Santi Mina, 22, with 12 league goals in 17 games, is one of the young guns who have impressed.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PHOTO: VALENCIA CF
Rodrigo Moreno (far left, with midfielder Goncalo Guedes) has powered Valencia's bid for Champions League football with 16 LaLiga goals this season. Striker Santi Mina, 22 (below), with 12 league goals in 17 games, is one of the young guns who have i
PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE PHOTO: VALENCIA CF

S'porean president Murthy reveals factors behind revival and Champions League return

In December 2016, the Valencia team bus was stoned and their players were threatened by irate fans after a 2-3 setback at Real Sociedad, their ninth loss in 16 Spanish league games leaving them languishing in 17th place.

Just 17 months on, the club owned by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim can expect to be mobbed again in the football-mad city - this time by happy fans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline 'Valencia back with big boys'. Print Edition | Subscribe