Marcelino: This team have made me happy all seasonMarch 19, 2018
Valencia boss Marcelino has praised his side following the win over Alaves and said that he has been happy with their performance all season.
It took just 19 minutes for the home side to break the deadlock after Spanish international Rodrigo Moreno tucked away a superb team move, which involved the impressive Simone Zaza.
Los Che boss Marcelino has toyed with his strike force since the turn of the year, having signed Luciano Vietto from Atletico Madrid in January, but it was Rodrigo and Zaza, who combined well throughout the game to re-build a partnership, which blossomed towards the back end of 2017.
Alaves keeper Fernando Pacheco was constantly under threat and tried his best to keep his side in the game, producing two wonderful saves, before Italian striker Zaza got himself a much deserved goal.
Ruben Sobrino did give Marcelino some cause for concern after the half time break after he turned in Martin Aguirregabiria’s cross, but the home side re-found their two-goal advantage after Carlos Soler’s cross went in past Pacheco off defender Victor Laguardia.
“We had chances, control, ambition and we’re proud of the performance of the players. We’re happy to win, and a defeat, however it comes, frustrates us.
“In January we went six games without a win, that’s true, but against great opponents and I think we’ve recovered and the team is heading in the right direction”
He added: “I’ve been happy with this Valencia CF side all year. When you win, especially at first, some people think it’s going to be easy, but not the players and the coaches.
“Now we’re better than in October, perhaps not as thrilling or lethal, but overall we’re a better team. We’re in fourth place, these players deserve a lot of credit.
“From there we’ll face each game like a final and try to win as much as possible until the end of the season”.
Valencia now find themselves 14 points clear of Sevilla, who face Leganes on Sunday morning, whilst Alaves will now be nervously looking over their shoulder at the relegation places.