Getafe vs Valencia CF

Jan, 22 / 21:30 Matchday 8

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
May, 05 2018

Marcelino: “Today is a happy day, we've finished off an extraordinary season"

Marcelino García Toral spoke in the press room at the Estadio de La Cerámica after Valencia CF’s narrow defeat to Villarreal

“Today is a happy day, unexpected initially, but longed-for in recent weeks, so we’re really happy. The players have returned Valencia CF to the Champions League after some tough years. They’ve made it an extraordinary season. I also want to thank the fans for their great support during the campaign. It’s sinking in that we’re in the Champions League, the feeling is magnificent, we would have liked to do it celebrating with our fans last week but it wasn’t to be. You can’t question these players, they’ve had such a high level of effort and performance, they’ve got 67 points and confirmed Champions League qualification three games early, we should feel really proud of them”.

“We played a good first half against Villarreal, with chances, and in the second half Villarreal dominated us, we couldn’t get the ball. They didn’t have a lot of chances, but we lost to a set piece”.

“I didn’t see the game at San Mamés, I was in our pre-match meeting. At the end they told us the result and we were really happy. I’ll say again, you have to value this season. In the important phase of the competition we got a big points advantage over our rivals which enabled us to be in the Champions League. Then in the last five games we’ve lacked goals, the same as happened today in the first half, and what happened against Eibar and Barça. Maintaining such a high rhythm was difficult, but our performance didn’t drop off, just the lack of goals prevented us getting better results”.