Valencia extended their unbeaten run to five with an impressive 2-0 victory over rivals Real Betis Sunday night. Head coach Marcelino praised his side’s performance and gave an update on Santi Mina.
Goals from Rodrigo Moreno and Simone Zaza ensured the points with the latter coming on for Santi Mina a few minutes before half-time as he appeared to sustain a hamstring injury.
The win widens the deficit between them and fifth place Sevilla to five while also applying the pressure on third place Real Madrid who lie a point ahead.
Los Che Els Taronges play Sevilla on Saturday and with 11 games remaining they have a real chance of consolidating their Champions League spot.
Marcelino is fully aware his job is nowhere near complete and insists his team are going to fight until the season’s end. After the Real Betis game, he said,
“We have to be attentive to what we do.”
“We have to be aware of other results, we know that winning all the matches here will bring us closer to our goal.
“We are proud to fight for it. Seeing this union between team and passion is going to be very important.
Marcelino has warned his players the Sevilla result can change the whole dynamic and it is important for them not to lose.
“It is undoubted that if we win against Sevilla, there would be 10 games and we would have a four-game advantage,” he added.
“It would not be definitive but it would be very good. If we draw we would be in a good situation and if we lose, we would still have a two-game advantage.
“We go with the illusion of winning but knowing that they are a great rival.”
Having been substituted late in the first-half due to a hamstring injury, Santi Mina appears to be out of contention for the Sevilla clash.
Although, his coach reveals that the Spanish forward had been nursing problems prior to the game.
“He has discomfort in the back that has been dragging the whole week,” Marcelino said.”Tomorrow the doctors will test him.”