The Asturian boss is very motivated to take all three points at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
Marcelino has spoken to the media this Friday afternoon at the club’s Media Center at Paterna, as a means to preview Valencia CF’s weekend fixture against Sevilla FC in LaLiga.
Would you take a draw at the Sanchez Pizjuan?
“We would take a win, because that is the aim and the belief with which we are facing up to all of our games with. It doesn’t matter who we play against, we always want to win, our objective in Seville is to win.”
Would a point be a good result for Valencia CF?
“It would give us a good cushion. It would depend based on how the game panned out as to whether it was good or not, because our opponent could be better than us, or we could be better than them. Our only thought is to win because we want to compete at a high level, we are playing against a Champions League side and we want to play in the Champions League too. This game will be special, attractive, exciting and our intention is to go there and win. It will be very tough, at their place they’re very competitive, but with our belief and the ability of our players we can deal with all of this.”
How do you view your spell at Sevilla?
“I’m going to Sevilla happy, there is a big rivalry there and that’s a positive for the game. I don’t know how to tell you about it without being there, nor about the circumstances and controversies of recent seasons, but nothing should affect us. Valencia CF haven’t won there since 2004 and it would be really special to do so.”
Is the potential to leapfrog Real Madrid in the table some extra motivation?
“We always have to look ahead, we know that Real Madrid are playing at a very high level. We have to take it game by game, and the way to fight for third place is to win against Sevilla FC.”
“I always have in mind that, apart from a few exceptions, that it is practically impossible for a player to maintain the same form throughout the entire season and this is especially important for attacking players who depend on composure, inspiration and confidence. In other areas of the pitch, hard work and effort can bridge the gap, but as a striker they depend on the right decisions. We are happy with all of them, we believed that they could offer us good performances and they’ve scored 32 goals between three of them in LaLiga. We’re in an advantageous position where they are hitting great performance levels and helping the team.”
Will it be a similar game to the one at San Mames?
“In terms of what the opposition are going to ask from us, yes, but they play differently. Sevilla combine more, they counter, they have very quick attacking players. But the level of difficultly of the game should be similar.”
“Garay and Andreas have recovered and Gaya had a little muscular problem this week. We need another day to evaluate it and weigh up the risk if he plays, as well as how he feels. It isn’t a serious injury, but it happened not long ago and for that reason we’re waiting to see how it is on Saturday.”
Sevilla FC got together on Thursday and had a paella…
“I hope that they made the most of it. I like paella a lot, but Valencia’s more than Sevilla’s.”
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