‘Valencia serious and hurt’

Interim Coach Nico Estevez has described Valencia’s dressing room as ‘serious and hurt’ following Miroslav Djukic’s dismissal.

On from the 47-year-old’s removal from the bench, Valencia Mestalla Coach Estevez has been pushed up to temporary control of first team affairs, until a replacement is found.

First up for the stand-in is the second leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 32 clash with Nastic.

“The dressing room is serious and hurt. No player likes this,” Estevez has reflected to reporters this week.

“They are a group that has worked with great enthusiasm in this short time. The players are willing to do anything that we ask of them.

“I am a person who lives day by day, and for me, Thursday is as if the world is ending, and this is our last game. I’m happy with the results that have come from how I have worked with [Valencia Mestalla] in the Segunda B and now I will not change.

“It is difficult to take on the team at this time? It is a responsibility. I do not believe in opportunities or in issues.

“I am an employee of a club that has taken a decision and the latest one is that I have been chosen to coach the first team.

“Let’s look at Thursday’s game. It is a final and we must win it. With those who are available we will choose the most suitable team in which to win the game.

“The game will be based on how our attitude is and what we want. If we play a game of maximum intensity then certainly we will develop all of the qualities that we have. If we can be ourselves, we can beat anyone.”

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