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La Liga Latest (Valencia): Players will ‘die’ with Marcelino; focus on Sevilla

Valencia forward Rodrigo has said that he and his team-mates are fully behind Marcelino, despite their poor run of form.

Recent form and Copa win over CD Ebro

Following the defeat to Real Madrid last weekend, more pressure has been heaped on the shoulders of Marcelino after a dismal first half of the season for Los Che.

Just three victories out of 14 league games sees the Mestalla outfit sitting near the bottom of the table and concerns are ever growing amongst the club’s fans.

A 2-0 defeat to Santi Solari’s Madrid was followed by a slender 1-0 win over lower league side CD Ebro on Tuesday evening, but the performance has done little to appease those concerned.

Brazilian forward Rodrigo, who was not included in the win – has taken to press over the last few days to issue his backing of Marcelino, telling reporters: “We are to death with the coach, in that aspect there is no doubt whatsoever.”

Players must trust in young sensation Kangin Lee

The young South Korean has burst on to the scene under a wave of expectation this season and is now a regular in Marcelino’s first team, featuring alongside Michy Batshuayi on Tuesday evening in the Copa del Rey.

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Eager to please, the youngster played an important role before being subbed off in the 77th minute but he wanted more.

Having won a free kick during the game, Lee wanted to step up and take the set piece but Batshuayi instantly picked up the ball and took the effort

Spanish daily Marca are focusing on this moment and giving their opinion on keeping the youngster happy and believing in his ability.

Images show him walking away from the ball with his head hanging low.

Focus on beating Sevilla

With the win over CD Ebro now complete and their passage to the Copa del Rey next round ensured, Marcelino now has to plan for the home tie with in-form Sevilla on Saturday.

Pablo Machin’s side have been excellent this term and could go back on top of La Liga with a win. Valencia will be hoping to cause an upset which could kick start their season once more.

The key though, is keeping consistency.