Djukic: Valencia lost control

Miroslav Djukic regretted Valencia’s late collapse against Kuban Krasnodar, which saw the Russians equalise and Victor Ruiz sent off.

Los Che finished Group A of the Europa League on Thursday evening in top spot with a 1-1 draw at Mestalla, after seeing Paco Alcacer’s second half effort cancelled out late on by Lorenzo Melgarejo, before Victor Ruiz picked up a straight red for a poor challenge.

“It has been a tough game, we have had control, but in the last 10 minutes we have done things wrong and allowed them to draw level, then there was the red card…until the 80th minute, we had the game under control,” lamented Djukic post-match.

The Coach was asked about the player’s mentality for this game and the previous one against Nastic, ahead of the next two League tests against Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

“We arrived with our mentality intact for these two games against two great teams, which will be tough games, but we are prepared. Certainly here we have not had a great game, but the team has had a good attitude, even if in the last 10 minutes we have thrown the result.

“Clearly the two teams that we play next are alongside Barcelona as the best for what they are doing, but we also had respect for the last two games, which carried the same weight as a game. Perhaps it will allow us to play better.”

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