Valencia ‘level with Barca, Real’

Aly Cissokho is settling into life at Valencia very quickly and is already confident that his team are at the same level as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Los Che have finished the last three seasons in third place in the League, with a significant points gap having opened up between the top two and themselves too.

However, summer signing Cissokho believes that Valencia can take heart from the weekend’s close-fought defeat to Barca at Camp Nou.

“Valencia is at the same level as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Valencia did not get ridiculed at the Camp Nou and when the team is better settled we can achieve better results,” the Frenchman asserted to today’s Press room.

“My debut was difficult, but it was a great way to take in the pace of the League and to see the level of Spanish football.

“I spoke with [Adil] Rami a lot and asked him about the facilities and the details that make the club convenient and comfortable.

“But, in France three teams are followed – Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia, so I didn’t need to know too much.”

The player then revealed how his assimilation under new Coach Mauricio Pellegrino’s tactics is going.

“Here I will have different tasks. In Spain if there is space in front of you then you have to push forward, there is an offensive liability, and that will allow me to improve my game.

“So far things are going well. I am more physical in the position than Jeremy Mathieu but then he is more technical than me, we can play together. We will demonstrate our qualities and then it is up to the Coach to decide.”

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