Pellegrino: ‘Delighted’ with GK options

Valencia Coach Mauricio Pellegrino says its 'a blessing' to have two quality goalkeepers, as speculation mounts over who his no 1 is.

Pellegrino has both Diego Alves and Vicente Guaita at his disposal and there has been suggestions that – with Valencia competing on several different fronts – he will alternate between the two.

Alves sidestepped the matter yesterday, saying: “I do not make these choices, the Coach does.”

And when pressed on the issue today at a press conference ahead of the weekend's meeting with Celta Vigo at Mestalla, Pellegrino was diplomatic.

“What I am sure about is that I will always choose between the two of them. It is a blessing for me to have two quality goalkeepers,” said the Argentine tactician.

“One is a Brazilian starting international and I don’t know how many times this has happened at Valencia. The other is a homegrown talent who went to Recreativo Huelva to get minutes and was great upon his return.

“Both of them have their characteristics and are performing well. We are fortunate to have them and it isn’t a problem – in fact, I’m delighted.”

Pellegrino then moved on to Saturday's game, stating his respect for Celta but stressing that – despite picking up two points from the first nine available – he is happy with his side's efforts thus far.

“The team are working very well, I am happy with how they are performing and how things have gone for the most part in the opening three games.

“Tomorrow we have to win, but that’s the same for any game.”

“Celta are a team who have started well, who have a great manager and have the tools to make things difficult for anyone.”

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