Valencia ‘a team of ups and downs’

Under pressure Valencia Coach Mauricio Pellegrino has said the club's situation is 'circumstantial' ahead of the Athletic Bilbao game.

Los Che hosts Los Leones at Mestalla tomorrow with both teams toiling to recover from unconvincing La Liga starts.

“In 38 games a lot can happen,” Pellegrino began at his pre-match Press conference. “The situation of Valencia is, like many teams, circumstantial, anecdotal.

“We are currently a team of ups and downs, but in two weeks we could be the winning team, then in three weeks in trouble again. It's like that with most teams.

“What the fans want is the same as us, to win. We are focused on the task. My job is to make people feel that their team gives something more.”

The former Valencia defender respects the calibre of the opposition.

“They are an important team. Last year they played two finals. They have not had a good start either and it will certainly be a tough game, but for me, an attractive one.”

The Argentine closed by discussing the return of Ever Banega and the disappointing form of Roberto Soldado.

“Banega has to take it slowly, he's training well and is in the squad, but has only played a friendly. He's looking forward and the important thing is that there's no sequel to his injury.

“I want Soldado near the goal, because he is the player with the most quality in that area.”

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