VCF - Cel


Valencia CF vs Celtic

Feb, 21 / 18:55 Matchday 8

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
January, 23 2018

Dario Felman: “We needed a trophy and we went to Vitoria to put it all on the line”

The Argentine took part in the club’s last knock-out tie versus Deportivo Alaves, all the way back in 1979, which saw Valencia CF beat them in the quarter finals and go on to win the cup

The second leg against Deportivo Alaves is not going to be easy and will require Valencia CF to turn in their best performance, just as the club was forced to do back in 1979 against the same opposition. They went on to win the Copa del Rey. In the dressing room, the players are aware of the fact that they have to take the tournament step by step, and they cannot run the risk of looking beyond their next game. The key is staying humble, respecting the opposition and working hard, and their game at Mendizorroza on Wednesday will need all of these ingredients.

We spoke with Dario Felman, one of the players that took part in that successful tie back in 1979, where Valencia CF won the away leg by a 1-0 scoreline and then romped into the semi-final stages courtesy of a 3-0 victory at Mestalla - a game in which the Argentine scored. “What memories! I never went as cold as on that day. It was a special tournament and I scored when we played at home. I went on to do the same in both semi-final legs and assisted Kempes in the final. What great memories! We won that cup, it had a big reputation and if you remember the starting line up, all of the artillery played. I remember that Jorge Valdano was taking his first steps at Alaves.”

How do you see the tie?

“We needed to win a trophy, just as Valencia CF need to today. We put stock in the Copa del Rey and we were doing the same thing as now. If we had finished in the top four of LaLiga, it would have allowed us to play in Europe and this trophy was an opportunity, and we were ready to die for and put everything on the line for the cup.”

What are you expecting from the second leg?

“The game at Mestalla was a little bit difficult, because you thought that you were going to win because you’d put plenty more points on the board in LaLiga. If they stay up it is like a title for them, and I believe that the game on Wednesday will be different. If they go on the attack, it won’t be the same as them counter attacking as they did in the first leg, where all teams can look good. Valencia CF are more of a team, individually and collectively.”

Where does the key lie?

“No matter what team is sent out there, Marcelino knows what to do. I believe that Valencia CF are a better team and will go through.”

Third in LaLiga, a step away from the Copa del Rey semi finals, how do you see the season so far?

“I maintain that the best signing has been the coach. Marcelino is a capable manager, he works hard, he is a coach that lives football, which is different to living for football. He sets rules, tries to get the best performances out of his players, and this is the secret, he has achieved it with the concentration of his players. The signings have been at a spectacular level, they are playing very well, and now they’ve achieved the fact that the club is talking about football, with everyone in the right place."