Valencia boss Marcelino has said his side are ‘preparing to beat’ Sporting Gijon on Tuesday evening in the Copa del Rey.
Gijon will provide Marcelino with another tough test and one he could arguably do without at present after seeing his side struggle in La Liga this term.
The second division outift had gone ten games unbeaten at home in all competition before the 2-1 defeat to Real Zaragoza at the weekend and currently sit mid-table in La Liga 123.
Valencia’s 2-1 defeat to high-flying Alaves at the weekend saw their five game unbeaten run come to an end and has somewhat put Marcelino’s side going back to the drawing board.
Sitting in 11th place, results have improved from the start of the season, praising the club’s decision to stick with the Spanish coach when linked with the sack previously.
Europe is not that far a possibility now either with eight points seperating fifth placed Real Madrid and Valencia.
A Copa del Rey success would also be a handy route to go down for Marcelino and the squad to appease their frustrated fans, but will their priority to improve in the league halt take prominence.
Speaking ahead of his side’s game however, Marcelino has said he is planning on beating the second division side.
“I feel the same as before any game; we’re preparing for it to win. We always have the same mentality, regardless of the opposition or the competition. LaLiga is our priority, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t looking to progress past this game in the cup.
“The important thing for me is the future of the club. I’m someone who dedicates myself to my job and in my day-to-day work, so I’m facing this with the responsibility that comes with the position.
“There is no difference between the first game that I coached at Valencia CF and tomorrow’s game -or Saturday’s. It’s a question of the responsibility of my position, and looking for the win in every game.”