Pellegrino: Valencia adapted well

Manuel Pellegrino believed his Valencia team adapted well to the conditions in their Copa del Rey first leg game at Llagostera.

Los Che had headers from Jonas and Nelson Valdez to thank for the 2-0 win against the Segunda B outfit in a match played on a small artificial pitch under heavy rain, but Pellegrino was pleased with the way his players coped.

“We adapted to the poor pitch conditions, rain and the small dimensions,” the Argentine told a Press conference.

“I already knew Llagostera would be a difficult opponent and that’s the way it turned out. It was a very competitive game and not much of a spectacle.

“However, we showed we have some dangerous players when it comes to scoring goals.”

Llagostera boss Oriol Alsina was also satisfied despite defeat meaning his team is virtually eliminated from the competition with the second leg still to come.

“I couldn’t have asked anything more of my players. They made a magnificent effort.

“It was a shame to concede a goal right on half-time and if we had not missed a penalty in the second half it would have breathed new life into us.

“We were better than Valencia but had no luck,” lamented Alsina.

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