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Valencia CF vs Atlético de Madrid

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Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
Abril, 13 2018

Marcelino: “It is rare for FC Barcelona to lose two consecutive games but we are going there motivated and looking to win”

The VCF coach wants to take all three points to secure Champions League qualification as soon as possible

Valencia CF boss Marcelino Garcia Toral spoke to the media ahead of this weekend’s big LaLiga clash versus FC Barcelona on Saturday afternoon.

Is it the best time to pay FC Barcelona a visit, or are you worried that you’ll be the ones to pay for their elimination?

“As the statistics show, FC Barcelona’s ground is the toughest to go to in LaLiga. They are the team to have picked up the most points at home and they average nearly three goals per match, as well as conceding just seven. They had the ability to win their last game, and in any case it is going to make this game more difficult. We are heading there excited and with ambitions of our own, but what happened this week in the Champions League won’t have a negative effect on them, it is rare for FC Barcelona to lose two consecutive games. We are going to put in all that we can to try and get a result.”

What is the difference between this and the Copa del Rey? You had a lot of injuries before and now you are heading for Champions League qualification quite comfortably…

“It will always be an attractive game, in January we went there with the ambition of playing in a final, but we also know the level of difficulty that comes along with playing this opponent. We’re visiting with plenty of motivation to win, we haven’t managed it in three attempts, we drew at Mestalla and we are going to try and get a good result.”

Looking at recent form, are you thinking of beating the division’s leader and only unbeatable side?

“We are going to look to, not so we can be the first to do it, but so we get the win. This is our plan. We always look to win every game, and you can’t think of anything as a foregone conclusion, we can compete during the 90 minutes and the scales will tip one way or the other.”

Is this the most important week of the year for you? You’ve got the Champions League in touching distance…

“To reach this point we’ve had 31 weeks of important games beforehand, all of them were important for the same reason. Now we are looking to secure the chance to hit one of our objectives, and it’s close. It’s best for us to achieve it as soon as possible.”

Is it a relief that Messi isn’t at his best at the moment?

“Messi had a great game against CD Leganés, but it is true that since his injury problem with Argentina he hasn’t been able to remain consistent. For me, Messi is a player who is on another level and it is difficult to guard against him, he is playing at home with both his ability and his winning mentality. He will want to show what he always does, he’s scored more goals than seven LaLiga teams on his own and that shows what he’s capable of. At any moment a big talent like him can break a team.”

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