Preparing to face former defensive teammate Miroslav Djukic, Mauricio Pellegrino is full of respect for Valencia’s Sunday opponents Real Valladolid.
Los Che travel to Los Pucelanos in the early Sunday kick-off with a poor recent record on the road, which has Pellegrino respectful of his opponents.
“They are a very good team with a coaching staff that has for a while been working with them and on a highly mechanised style of play,” the Coach reflected of Valladolid today.
“Facing Valladolid is not going to be easy. It will be a tough game, like every other one. We’ve yet to play a game where it has been a walkthrough. This is no exception.
“I spent many years together with Djukic, but now it is the time for us both to do our current jobs.”
Pellegrino was also asked for a soundbite on the noon kick-off time that the game will be played at.
“It is peculiar. As the media have it, it is also an evil time. We have had good times and not-so-good kick-off times. The schedule has its quirks and you just have to adapt to the situation.”
The club’s shareholders meeting today was marked by tension between the board and the shareholders, which Pellegrino looked to calm at his conference.
“Always remember that behind the club is 100 years of history. In the beginning, clubs were created for the common good and you have to run things with between the economic and social benefit.
“Valencia is a place where everybody criticises, but many want to be. There is great interest behind our club and everyone has a view.”