Pellegrino: Focus game by game

Valencia Coach Mauricio Pellegrino is focussed on the task ahead against newly-promoted Deportivo, insisting the League is a game by game scenario.

“Our objectives remain the same as from day one,” asserted the former Argentinean international to the assembled media today.

“We must win tomorrow, but only take it game by game from there and try to finish as high as possible in the La Liga table.”

The fixture at the Mestalla will be Pellegrino’s home debut in charge of Valencia, after his side’s impressive 1-1 draw with champions Real Madrid last weekend.

“The players have to fulfil their obligations as professionals and play to the best of their abilities on Sunday with Deportivo.

“We always want to win, we have the team capable of doing so too. We are playing against a good team, who play good football, so I think it will be a nice game.

“At the end of the day I have prepared them to play to their potential and it is 11 men against 11 men.”

The game will be a special occasion for former Depor winger Andres Guardado, who was instrumental in the club’s successful promotion campaign last term.

“Andres is a guy who works very well, he will be very motivated to play against his former team,” insisted the Valencia tactician.

“Sometimes when a player is at one particular club for a long time they feel gratitude towards them, Andres definitely has that relationship with Deportivo.

“But, I do not think he will hold back in his commitment to us now, on the contrary, I see someone who is very motivated.”

Pellegrino also commented on his latest signing Aly Cissokho, wishing him the best of luck on the field and adapting to life off it.

“He will do well for us, of that I am convinced of, it will take time though.”

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