Mathieu: Pellegrino isn’t on the pitch

The blame for Valencia's poor form lies with the players and not Coach Mauricio Pellegrino – according to defender Jeremy Mathieu.

“There are no doubts about Pellegrino, the group is with him,” the French fullback told AS. “Clearly he doesn't run on the field, we are the players, and we have to try harder to get results.”

Mathieu is aiming to continue his recovery from injury in a closed doors friendly tomorrow, and also encouraged his newly arrived countryman Aly Cissokho, who he will be competing with for the leftback spot.

“I'm recovered, but I'm not 100 per cent so for me tomorrow's game is very good. It's a tendon problem, difficult to cure. I feel a little pain but I can play well, taking care of it after practices and games.

“It's Cissokho's first season in Spain, and he needs to be patient. For now he must give room to those that know the team and the Spnaish League.

“If I could finish my career here it would be nice,” concluded the former Toulouse man.

Los Che are currently 14th in La Liga after Sunday's 1-0 loss to Levante in the Valencia derby.

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