Miguel Quintana, whom we had the pleasure of interviewing at this media, is one of my greatest references in terms of journalism. One of his statements that I like the most is that, in times of economic crisis, teams are forced to pull from the quarry (something very representative of Barcelona) and, therefore, these young talents are called sons of ruin. I don’t think there is a more representative example than Valencia.

The Valencia CF project disappeared years ago, first with the departure of Marcelino and then with the departure of Mateu Alemany, the only one, with the exception of Jorge Mendes, who convinced Peter Lim to invest and create a serious sporting project.

With the subsequent departures and lack of investment, the Mediterranean club went from rubbing shoulders with the big European clubs in the Champions League to fighting for salvation every year.

With each passing day, the squad is getting worse and the Chés fans, logically, more pessimistic. But it is in these moments that the players who end up being a point of reference for the fans appear.

In the good times, everyone is there, but those who remain in the bad times will be eternal legends for the club. Gayà has proved to be their great captain, but the young players represent the feelings of the fans.

They are players who feel the crest, the shirt and the club. They are players who, lacking experience, won’t leave a breath without exhaling to save the team they love and in which they have been fighting for years to reach professional football. Last season, they were already the basis of the salvation in the final stretch, but this year, the team is theirs from the start.

Diego López, Fran Pérez, Cristian Mosquera and, especially, Javi Guerra. With the midfielder, we are looking at a talent that could mark an epoch at the club, but only if they really were a stable (and serious) team.

Javi Guerra is a special talent that will interest big European clubs and for whom the ownership will not fight and accept a mediocre offer to increase their profits and not take responsibility for a club of Valencia ‘s entity.

Probably, these “sons of ruin” wouldn’t have such an important role in the First Division if the club (well) managed by Baraja from the bench, weren’t (so badly) managed by Meriton in the offices, but one can’t help but imagine how the team would function if sporting matters were really the priority and these youth players were accompanied by quality players.

In the meantime, when Javi Guerra, Diego López or Fran Pérez have the ball and achieve victories of such merit as this weekend’s against Atlético de Madrid, in the minds of the ché fans, Hijos de la Ruina and their “give me more alcohol, more medicine, to heal the wounds of life…” will be playing in the background.

Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.

Main image: @valenciacf.

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