‘I’ll never criticise Valencia’

Nuno Santo has vowed to never criticise his Valencia players in light of the side's recent struggles. "It's the last thing I'll do."

Los Che have fallen into a slump, winning just one of their last five La Liga matches, but have a chance to get themselves back on track against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Coach refused to undermine his players, instead choosing to remain fully behind their pursuit of the Champions League.

"The last thing I'll do is criticise my players. My philosophy for players to succeed is continuous persistence and faith," he told assembled journalists at a Press conference.

"On that basis I'm very self-critical. I critique my ideas before and after the game. We really want to win because it's critical to our objectives for the season.

"The winning team must not be anxious. We're looking forward to the game and prepared to fight for the win.

"We know that we must improve and take advantage of our opponents on the counter. I believe very much in Rodrigo [Moreno] and all the players. [Rodrigo] De Paul is also working well.

"In recent games he's done very well. He's a possibility for tomorrow's game, like the others. We're all working very well. We know that it's time to work together and focus more than ever.

"I respect everyone's opinions, but there are some which I don't agree with. I disagree that the team have two faces. We always try to play the same way.

"The players and I know what we have to do. We have no doubt that we must improve and return to the path of success.

"We know that we must earn points and move up the table. We must adapt and improve it. We're not going to change. Our game will grow in tandem with the growth of the players.

"More than ever, we know that our fans are fundamental. In this game, Mestalla will help us. It's important that the team feel supported. We ask the fans to back us because they help us a lot."

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