Djukic: Valencia emotionally weak

Miroslav Djukic lamented Valencia’s performance against Swansea but does not fear for his job as Coach.

Los Che’s miserable start to the season was worsened on Thursday evening in defeat at home to Michael Laudrup’s side in the opening matchday of the Europa League group stages.

The hosts lost Adil Rami to a red card on 10 minutes for a last-man challenge, before Wilfried Bony, Michu and Jonathan de Guzman netted for the Swans.

Valencia fans showed their anger through the game and afterwards with songs aimed at the players, whilst their Coach was left downbeat.

“The team has come out with the intention of putting things right, but in the 10th minute we have been left with one less and when things do not go well, everything turns and it was then difficult,” reflected Djukic afterwards.

“The team emotionally is very weak. It cost us, the three goals that followed.

“I do not fear for my job. The only fear is for the image that we are presenting.

“I feel a great sadness for the image that we have provided because these are very good players and we are not doing things well.

“Right now I do not see a team that is either offensively solid or defensively secure and this is a very hard time. I have the capacity to reverse the situation.

“There is no choice but to keep working and fighting because no-one has a magic wand to fix this, whilst it is also clear that we have yet to find the key.”

There was a banner at Mestalla to indicate that the fans’ are behind Djukic and that their anger is with the players.

“I am the head of the team. I cannot say that I am the good guy and they are the bad guys. I understand perfectly because people cannot be happy with what we are doing.

“We cannot ask for support because we do not deserve it. It would be a shame because we have not given them anything.”

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