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What Valencia's starting XI would look like right now if they had kept their best players

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It's been a strange decade for Valencia CF.

The Spanish side began the millennium as one of the finest sides in European football, winning La Liga in 2001/02 and 2003/04.

Los Che even appeared in two consecutive Champions League finals in 1999/2000 and in 2000/01, losing out to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. They also won the UEFA Cup in 2003/04.

However, they have failed to lift any silverware since the Copa Del Rey in 2008 and a lot of that has been down to selling their best players.

Here's the side they could boast today had they not been one of Spain's 'selling clubs'.

GK - JAUME DOMENECH

Ever since Diego Alves left for Flamengo in 2017, the young Spanish goalkeeper has established himself as Los Che's number one and it looks likely that he'll hold the jersey for some years.

RB - JOAO CANCELO

Perhaps the only position where Valencia haven't been littered with quality is at right-back. However, Cancelo - currently on a season-long loan at Inter Milan - is probably the best option right now.

FC Barcelona v Valencia CF - La Liga

CB - SHKODRAN MUSTAFI

Yes, we know he's faced some deserved criticism this season, but that doesn't mean he isn't a talented player. During his time in Spain, Mustafi excelled and they would love to have him back.

CB - NICOLAS OTAMENDI

In his final season with the club, Otamendi was an absolute beast for Valencia. Every big club wanted him and after a slightly dodgy start to his Manchester City career, the Argentine is again among the defensive elite.

Valencia CF v AS Roma - Preseason Friendly

LB - JORDI ALBA

Is there a better left-back in world football? Real Madrid's Marcelo is his only real competitor. Alba was actually primarily used further forward while at Valencia, before Barcelona came calling.

MID - DANI PAREJO

One of only two outfield players currently still playing for Los Che in this side. Parejo was recently called up to the Spanish national side and is enjoying his finest ever season. If he were English, he'd be the first name on Gareth Southgate's team sheet.

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MID - EVER BANEGA

Banega made his name at Valencia and is still excelling in La Liga with Sevilla. While Geoffrey Kondogbia has been brilliant this season for Los Che, the Frenchman would surely make way if the elegant Argentine ever returned.

MID - DAVID SILVA

The best £25m Man City ever spent. Silva is currently playing the finest football of his career and if he returned to this Valencia side, he'd scare the life out of Barca, Real and Atletico Madrid.

Valencia's midfielder David Silva celebr

FWD - ISCO

He only managed four appearances for the club before moving to Malaga, but how Valencia would love Isco right now. The gifted playmaker is excelling at Real Madrid and is one of Spain's most important players ahead of the World Cup.

FWD - JUAN MATA

Valencia like a decent attacking midfielder, don't they? Mata was an absolute star at Valencia and Chelsea and while he's struggled for consistency at Manchester United, most are aware of what a star he still is.

Valencia v Roma - Pre Season Friendly

ST - RODRIGO

After a few seasons of mediocrity, Rodrigo has finally arrived at Valencia. He's in line for a place in Spain's World Cup squad after scoring 15 La Liga goals in 2017/18, keeping Simone Zaza, Paco Alcacer and Jonas out of this team.

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Topics:
Valencia
Spain Football
Juan Mata
La Liga
Football
Shkodran Mustafi
Nicolas Otamendi
Jordi Alba
Isco
David Silva

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