Valencia CF vs Espanyol

Feb, 17 / 16:15 Matchday 24

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
November, 27 2017

Rodrigo Moreno: “We leave feeling even stronger after facing FC Barcelona”

Valencia’s goalscorer on Sunday talks through the game and his celebration

Rodrigo Moreno is one of the top goalscorers so far in LaLiga, with his eight goals helping Valencia CF to a great start this campaign, but at Mestalla on Sunday the striker also showed that he has a big heart to go with his talent.

The image of him donning an orange wig, in tribute to the late Jaume Orti, will have left plenty of fans with goosebumps. Rodrigo had only met the former club president in the stands, but always remembered the positive words of encouragement that he had for him. Down to that fact, after leaving his wake having spoken to Orti’s family, he was always going to pull on an orange wig to celebrate. Rodrigo was the star of the VCFRadio show this Monday.

It was a game full of emotion, but also one that you could have won..

We didn’t come out strongly in the first half, but after the break the team improved a lot and we had chances to win it. I believe that it was a good game and we can take a lot from it, above all down to the second-half performance that we put in.

Is this the only time that you have been close to Barcelona in LaLiga?

You have to give a lot of credit for what we are doing, Barça are fighting for the title and have great players, as they showed at Mestalla. The goal that they scored was very difficult to defend against, and we are having a brilliant start to the season.

Was the celebration a personal thing?

I didn’t know him [Orti] well, I had met I’m in the stands while I was injured and he always gave me words of support. The other day, we went to his wake and they told us about how he felt about the club and what it represented, and the idea came from there.

It will be a photograph that will now always be a part of Valencia’s history…

I didn’t know him well, but they have told me a lot about him and that he was close to everyone, that he was the person that guided the club during the best years in their history, and you always have to remember these kinds of people.

Valencia are waging war in the league this season...

If the team carry on with the same mentality, stay humble and work hard, I believe that it is going to be a very important point that we’ve earned to maintain the run we’re on. We are doing things well, but we have to keep going game by game, now we’re going to focus on the Copa del Rey game and see if we can extend our form until the Christmas break.

How do you all handle so much praise?

The boss and his staff are being clever to keep us motivated, making us see that there is a lot still left to do. We arrived at this point after some complicated seasons, there are other players here now that have arrived from different clubs that have had difficult personal situations. We all have the motivation to prove people wrong and this mentality is working very well. It is the only way that we can keeping going like we are.