Getafe vs Valencia CF

Jan, 22 / 21:30 Matchday 8

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
May, 08 2018

Marcelino: “It is a pleasure to be in Saudi Arabia and our aim is to put on a good show”

The Asturian boss is excited to go into the Champions League, where the squad will fight to get as far as they can

Marcelino García Toral, Dani Parejo and Fahad Al Hurifi, a former Saudi Arabia international player, have all been involved in a pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s friendly between Valencia CF and Al-Nassr FC. The game is part of the LaLiga World initiative and the team are excited heading into it.

For both the coach and the players, it is set to be a very special experience: “We knew that this is a new experience for all of us and perhaps it will be unique for many people, we have arrived with excitement and we want to enjoy both the game and the experience itself. We haven’t had much time, as we played a LaLiga game on Saturday, but for a club as big as Valencia CF, coming here is important too. We have come to win.”

Al-Nassr FC have strengthened their side with some other players, with names such as Ronaldinho getting involved. Marcelino believes that “the more quality players and stars that there are in the game, the better it will be for the fans and we’ll put on a better show. Our aim is to put on a real spectacle.”

With respect to next season, where Valencia CF will return to the Champions League, Marcelino went on: “it was a really far-off objective for us, but in the end we achieved it. It is a big achievement, what the players have done, and it is a huge success and step forward for next season. We will start the next step with a lot of motivation and we will try and go as far as we can in the Champions League.” With regards to keeping pace with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, the Asturian coach was cautious: “It is difficult in the short term to have a team to compete with them, Atlético did it a few years ago, but they are perhaps the two best teams in Europe and in LaLiga. We will try and get close to them.”

Marcelino was also asked about LaLiga welcoming a host of Saudi players back in January: “Various players came to our league and this agreement was to help bring football together, it is difficult to play in a league as tough as the Spanish one, but those who have gone are really motivated,” he said.

Dani Parejo told the local media that “being in clubs like Valencia CF allows you to play in countries like this. This is the first time that I have been to Saudi Arabia and we are really excited, hopefully it will be a good game and the people can enjoy it. When you go out onto a football pitch, you want to win. Hopefully it will be a nice game that the spectators can enjoy and the time we spend here will be a good experience that we’ll all want to have again. It is true that we’re still in the middle of a league season, but last week we secured fourth place mathematically and that was both our medium and long-term objective.”

It has been 10 years since Valencia CF have won a trophy, but Parejo believes that this season has been the first step towards one: “It has been years since we’ve lifted a title, it is difficult when there are two big teams like Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, but the path to take is the one that we’ve gone down this year. To have a clear way of playing, we have identified with that and the aim is to improve year on year. Why can’t we win trophies? Valencia CF is a big club and I hope that we will be able to play in a final before long.”

At the end of the press conference, both clubs swapped shirts and a commemorative plaque for former Saudi Arabia international Fahad Al Hurifi, ahead of his testimonial game on Wednesday.