Nuno Santo has paid tribute to Valencia’s supporters ahead of the side’s early kick-off against Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.
A run of three straight wins has seen Los Che consolidate fourth place and open a commanding five-point lead over their nearest Champions League challengers Sevilla, but the Coach was wary of the threat posed by David Moyes’ troops after their 4-3 victory over the Andalucians last week.
“All that matters is our next match. We face a good team [in La Real], who come into this match on the back of a good result [against Sevilla],” he mused before the game.
“We know the difficulties which await us. We’ll be at home, allowing us to be optimistic.
“Our fans will go to Mestalla, as has happened in the past, and it’s the only thing we can control. The match between Sevilla and Atletico [Madrid] isn’t relevant to us.
“I have the feeling that our fans appreciate what the team are trying to do. The crowd are enthusiastic and so are the players. The team and the players feel highly valued.
“[On La Real winning their last three visits to Valencia], these are facts, statistics and history, but we want to beat Real Sociedad.
“They have good player and are a team, who have already had their worst run of the season and arrive on the back of a good result.
“This allows [La Real] to change their dynamics, but we’re ready and focused on our game ahead.
“I see the makings of a very strong team. We also have a [good] team, who are caring, committed and cooperative, and that's the most important thing.
“It’s a fact that it’s there and we know they’ll improve because they possess a lot of quality. They have players, who do their bit, and their team ethic will continue helping them.
“[Alvaro Negredo’s] very important, as all my players are. He gives us many things and hope he can continue [in the same vein].
“We have to rectify our mistakes and become more compact.
“[Jose Luis Gaya] is happy and shows every day that he’s very committed. Each game is a challenge to improve and [Gaya] a margin of incredible improvement.
“He’s a charming and very serious guy…”