As the first round of friendlies got underway to open up season 2 of the Top 100, Levante fans were rewarded for their patience last season with a glamour frindly at home to city rivals Valencia.
The first goal came on 30mins, young Spanish sensation Paco Alcacer putting the away side ahead after Muniain put him through. From there on in, it was all Valencia for the remainder of the first half, although the hosts did have an opportunity from a set piece at the very end of the first half. Unfortunately though, Robert Snodgrass couldnt find the target.
Right at the start of the second half, it was a role reversal for Valencia, as Alcacer put Muniain in to make it 2 – 0. And then on 68, the same Valencia duo combined yet again, as Alcacer notched his 2nd, and Valencia’s 3rd of the night.
Then with 5 minutes to play, Munaian yet again put Alcacer in for the youngster to complete his hat-trick, and leave the home fans massively disgruntled already.
Even though it was only a friendly, Parfitt took time out after the game to apologise to the fans for the result.
It has already proved to be a difficult pre season for Levante. The club had three senior targets in mind, and missed out on the first one when Balazs Dzsudzsak joined Hertha for £14.7m. Levante simply couldnt get close to that figure, and so the deal was lost.
The second target was a young right back playing for a club already in Top 100, but the players current club refused to even entertain a bid for the un-named defender. The club now find themselves locked in a battle with Fenerbache for their third target, Brazillian Conserva Fagner of Corinthians. The player is in talks with both clubs, and a decision should be made within the next 2hrs.
Levante have also missed out on a loan target, with a young midfielder not being allowed to leave his club by the chairman.
Not only have the club been rebuffed in all afforts to bring in first team targets, they have also sold Ibrahima Balde to Olympiacos for £5m.
There has been a couple of small chinks of light though, with the club announcing the signing of 2 17 years olds. Brazillian Matheus Pereira joins from Corinthians, and Mali born Sidiki Maiga came in from AS Korofina. Both players came in for fees of around £300k.
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|PLAY-OFF||West Ham United||9/1|
|1. FC Köln||25/1|
|West Bromwich Albion||50/1|
Parfitt though is aiming higher, and will be looking at a tactical tweek tonight with the aim of having the team in a position to push for the top 10, and maybe even sneak into the play offs come the business end of the season.