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Valencia boss Marcelino says last year is history

Valencia boss Marcelino says last year is history

Valencia boss Marcelino has said last year’s heroics must be forgotten and focus on the current campaign must be installed.

The game failed to live up to expectations and saw fouls disrupt the flow of the game throughout the 90 minutes.

New Los Che signing Kevin Gameiro had an early chance to open his account only for his effort to be kept out by goalkeeper Pau Lopez. The forward’s low drive to the bottom corner was one of two efforts Los Che managed on target throughout the first half.

Manager, Marcelino had cause for concern when key midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia limped off after fourteen minutes, but that didn’t deter both sets of players as they continued their feisty encounter.

Betis nearly went ahead midway through the first half when midfielder Sergio Canales’ curling effort from the edge of the box flew just wide of the left post.

Minutes later, the Beticos had another golden chance when winger, Takashi Inui burst into the box to curl his shot towards the right post, but for an outstretched leg of a Valencia defender to clear off the line.

Los Che started the second half brighter and on the front foot when captain Dani Parejo met a floating cross on the penalty spot to smash it against the bar.

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Speaking to reporters following the game, Marcelino said his side need to forget last season’s heroics and focus on the current campaign.

“Valencia last year is history, we must be competitive this season and win a game. I am satisfied with today’s game, but we need to win, the victory will come and we will be more better for it.”

Valencia have failed to pick up a win yet again and they welcome Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the first fixture of the Champions League.