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Valencia CF vs Atlético de Madrid

Ago, 20 / 20:00 Jornada 1

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
Febrero, 10 2018

Marcelino: “With the support of the fans and the players’ efforts we want to win the derby”

Marcelino and Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz have spoken at Mestalla ahead of Sunday’s derby game (20:45CET), with both coaches thanking their fans for their support throughout the season, and the pair want to see another good game of football as was played in the first round of LaLiga games this season.

After being knocked out of the Copa del Rey, LaLiga is back. What is your aim?

“The objective in the cup was to go as far as we could, I said that we were going to fight for it and try and go as far as possible, and that’s what we did, but FC Barcelona saw us miss out on the final. Now it is time for the derby in LaLiga, after what has been a very tough month, as much due to the amount of games as the opponents we have faced. We have come to the end of this run of games and we are going to try and end our negative run. We want to win tomorrow.”

Simone Zaza hasn’t scored for weeks, is he relaxed?

“A striker feels better when he is scoring goals, which is what he will return to doing soon. He is good, he is working with enthusiasm and the goals will come. He is relaxed.”

Which team needs the most points?

“In the second round of games, even more than in the first, all of them are important. We need to win, we come into this one after three consecutive defeats in LaLiga, we are playing in a derby but we need to win. A big part of what we will achieve by the end of LaLiga will depend on the points that we take at Mestalla, where we have eight games left. I would like to give my thanks to the fans for their huge support throughout the entire campaign, with this backing and the efforts of the players who are feeling great, we want to take a win that we need badly.”

Rivals are getting closer and Valencia CF could find themselves out of the Champions League spots, what do you think about that?

“There is no doubt that we’re on a different level emotionally after being knocked out by FC Barcelona, but we are very happy with how the team competed in that tie, they posed Barca a lot of problems. From now, this next game is very important, we are a bit tired after that fixture and from the games in January, we know that this will be a very tough game and it isn’t an excuse. We are going into it with only the aim of winning and we’re not thinking about other results. We know what we have to do to hold onto the position we’re in and we’ve been there for a big part of the season.”

Is Valencia CF in crisis?

“The facts are clear if you lose six consecutive games, but I believe that all of them can be analysed differently, we have to do things better to win. We aren’t in crisis, the feeling after analysing the games on videos isn’t that the team isn’t solid, or about identity, or that we were at our opponent’s mercy, but we were punished because we lacked an edge in both boxes. We have to get that back.

"We know what we have done badly, we are working to correct those mistakes, we have been able to work a bit and then we can get back to normal after the game against Levante UD. It will also be a chance to allow our players to recover both physically and mentally, as many are carrying injury problems. We are optimistic, the coaching staff are proud and grateful for what the team are managing to do this season, there is no need to change the dynamic of things, although we are on a bad run of results.”

Do you think that it will be similar to the first game?

“We are hoping that it will be the same in the stands, a festival of football. At their place it was spectacular between the two sets of fans, we saw how they support their teams, and on the pitch it was fought like that too. Levante UD are an organised team, they are intense, they have picked up good results away from home, their problem at the moment is that they have drawn a lot, but they also haven’t lost much, especially away. They are a very tough opponent for us. That game was intense, with the players on both sides conducting themselves brilliantly, I hope that it will be a great spectacle and that we’ll take the victory at Mestalla.”

Levante UD still haven’t beaten Valencia CF at Mestalla, what do you think?

Lopez Muniz: “The history books look good for them, but I don’t want to say that it will happen again. To take three points is very important for us, we come into this game after competing well against Real Madrid, that has convinced us that we can beat anybody and we arrive with excitement and desire, knowing that this will be a different type of game. It is a derby, and the fans don’t only live with it this Sunday. The two fanbases are supporting their teams a lot this season and for us this is vital, this bond will help us to hit our objectives.”

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