Ahead of their next clash in LaLiga against Villarreal CF (Saturday 4am Malaysia Time), Valencia CF trained for the last time at Paterna sporting venue in order to ultimate the tactical details for the upcoming game.The coach Javi Gracia has talked on a press conference about how they are going to face the game after the tough defeat they suffered in matchday 25 against Getafe CF. He has said the players are ambitious and ready to play well and get the victory they need to recover good feelings.The only confirmed absence for this fixture is Mouctar Diakhaby, who has to deal with a one-game suspension due to the red card he saw in the last LaLiga game. On the other hand, Denis Cheryshev and Cristiano Piccini still don’t have the medical all clear and their presence in the game will depend on them receiving it before it or not. In any case, coming from their physical issues, it’s impossible to imagine they could make it into the game as Gracia said to the media.
PRESS CONFERENCE WITH JAVI GRACIA:
“I DON’T KNOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE RESULTS MUST BE BETTER, AND ON THE OTHER HAND I ALSO SEE THAT IN THE LAST FIVE GAMES, IN WHICH I THINK WE HAVE PLAYED TWO REALLY BAD GAMES, IN THAT NUMBER OF GAMES WE HAVE BEEN THE EIGHTH TEAM WITH THE MOST POINTS. I AM NOT CONSOLED BY THE FACT THAT OTHERS ARE WORSE THAN US, BUT WE DO COMPETEAGAINST TEAMS. IS THERE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT? YES. DO WE NEED TO BE MORE AMBITIOUS? YES. DO WE HAVE TO IMPROVE OUR RESULTS? YES, BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GIVE POSITIVITY TO ALL THE WORK THAT THE TEAM DOES EVERY DAY, WHICH DOES NOT TRANSLATE INTO GOOD RESULTS, BUT I AM CONVINCED THAT IN THE NEXT GAMES WE CAN PLAY BETTER, GET BETTER RESULTS AND BE IN A BETTER SITUATION”.
“WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT US, WHICH IS TOMORROW’S GAME AGAINST AN OPPONENT THAT I THINK HAVE A STYLE OF POSSESSION AND WHO WE ALREADY FACED IN THE FIRST ROUND AND I THINK IT WAS PRETTY EVENLY MATCHED. WE WERE BEATEN, THEY MADE IT 1-0 WITH THE PENALTY, THEN 1-1, WE SCORED FROM A STRATEGIC PLAY, AND THEN WE WERE 2-1 DOWN WITH A SHOT FROM OUTSIDE THE BOX THAT WENT WIDE, BUT WE ALSO HAD OUR CHANCES IN THAT GAME. WE HOPE THAT IT WILL BE A GAME THAT WILL BE HARD-FOUGHT AGAIN AND WITH ALTERNATIVES”.
“GONZALO HAS DONE THE WHOLE WORKOUT AND HE’S FINE, I THINK IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BIT OF TREATMENT AT THE END OF THE WORKOUT BUT THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH HIM. CHERYSHEV HAS BEEN STRUGGLING WITH A CALF INJURY FOR SOME TIME NOW, I’VE ALWAYS BEEN QUITE OPTIMISTIC THAT HE WOULD BE FIT SOON. LAST WEEK HE WAS TRAINING, BUT AGAIN HE HAD DISCOMFORTS IN THE SAME PLACE THAT PREVENTED HIM FROM PROGRESSING IN HIS IMPROVEMENT. TODAY WE ARE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION, HE IS WORKING BUT HE IS STILL NOT WELL. I THINK HE WILL BE READY SOON BUT IT WILL DEPEND ON HIS EVOLUTION IN A PLACE WHERE HE HAS ALREADY HAD PROBLEMS. PICCINI HAS A PARTICULAR SITUATION, HE COMES FROM A SERIOUS INJURY, HE IS TRYING TO RECOVER WELL”.