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Marcelino: Atletico give you no chances

Marcelino: Atletico give you no chances

Valencia boss Marcelino has revealed he wanted more from his players against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

The former Villarreal boss has guided Los Che to a superb start to the season, having drawn with both Real Madrid and Atleti either side of the international break.

Whilst, he was happy with his side’s 0-0 with Diego Simeone’s men on Saturday, the coach said that he wanted his side to create more chances, saying: “It was a difficult game, I would have liked more scoring chances but we knew we were playing against a team that gives nothing away.”

Marcelino handed debuts to former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista, Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira and Goncalo Guedes, and he has praised his side for their early season heroics.

“The fact we have competed against both Real Madrid and Atletico without losing is worth mentioning, I am satisfied with the work of my players.”

Chances at the Mestalla in truth were few and far between as Geoffrey Kondogbia kept his midfield organised enough to halt any attacks from the visitors.

Luciano Vietto tried all he could to carve an opener for Simeone’s men but his efforts in the first half failed to muster any worry for the hosts, whilst Fernando Torres’ impact in the second half was minimal.

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The results does see Atleti sit on five points and they will have Antoine Griezmann back through suspension for their next outing, whilst Valencia are now level on points, having had a superb start to the domestic campaign.