Valencia CF vs Huesca

Dec, 23 / 12:00 Matchday 17

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
January, 10 2018

Marcelino: “The crowd enjoyed it and I'm grateful for their support on such a cold night"

Speaking to the media after Valencia CF’s superb performance against UD Las Palmas, Marcelino García Toral said “we had gone eight games conceding, and not doing so today allows us to keep moving forward. The fewer goals you concede the better, and today we did a great job in attack and in defence. The most important thing is that the fans enjoyed it and I’m grateful for their support in numbers on such a cold night like this one. Now we wait for the draw. We’d prefer weaker opponents, they’re all First Division teams, and it will be tough. But those that are theoretically weaker are preferable to a Real Madrid or FC Barcelona”.

On Luciano Vietto, who scored a spectacular hat trick, the Valencia coach said that “that’s football, and in this marvellous sport, there are situations that you can’t explain. There are players who don’t score and suddenly score three like Vietto has. We’re happy for him because it’s going to give him confidence and the team too. We knew he would bring us a lot. It’s hard to maintain that level of performance, but the important thing is it increases the competition in the squad. But I’m also proud of all the players who haven’t had as many minutes and tonight they played really well”.

On the greater involvement of Maksimovic and his good Cup game, Marcelino explained that “he has been doing well, I’m happy with his performance and his goal, but I don’t know what is going to happen with him. Right now he’ll stay with us, I am totally convinced, but until the 31st of January we don’t know what the make-up of the squad will be, although I’m sure there won’t be many changes”. He also praised the effort of Zaza despite not scoring tonight against UD Las Palmas. “Simo should be proud of the game he played, I certainly am”.