"Seven goals and a funeral" - Valencia's rise


"Seven goals and a funeral" ran the headline of Spanish newspaper Marca after Barcelona defeated Valencia in the first leg of the Copa del Rey in February 2016.

"Ridiculous" was how Superdeporte described it, downright humiliating was how the rest of the world viewed it. Thrashed 7-0, it was clear this was a club spiralling out of control and that Gary Neville was not the man to rescue them.

Fast forward 21 months and Valencia are second in La Liga and surprising everyone by proving to be Barcelona's closest title rivals. The two sides meet on Sunday (19:45 GMT) - the acid test of Valencia's unlikely title credentials.

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/420951...