Peter Lim's Spanish football club Valencia defend exodus, youth plan

Club chief Murthy says players and coach in sync, vice-captain Soler sees high morale

Carlos Soler (centre) celebrating with Valencia teammates Uros Racic and Maxi Gomez after scoring one of his three penalties against Real Madrid in Sunday's 4-1 win at the Mestalla stadium.
Carlos Soler (centre) celebrating with Valencia teammates Uros Racic and Maxi Gomez after scoring one of his three penalties against Real Madrid in Sunday's 4-1 win at the Mestalla stadium. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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Following fan unrest and a severe tightening of purse strings that resulted in the offloading of eight first-team players with no new permanent signings this season, Valencia did the talking on the pitch as they came from behind to thrash Real Madrid 4-1 at the Mestalla in La Liga on Sunday.

Despite what had looked set to be a chaotic campaign, Valencia have produced a statement win to add to previous victories at Real Sociedad (1-0) and at home to Levante (4-2).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2020, with the headline Peter Lim's Spanish football club Valencia defend exodus, youth plan. Subscribe