Valencia boss Nuno Espirito Santo believed patience was the key to his team’s 4-0 win over Granada at Mestalla on Monday.
Los Che moved back into fourth place ahead of Sevilla with goals from Javi Fuego, Dani Parejo, Sofiane Feghouli and Alvaro Negredo, while the Andalusians are deep relegation trouble and six points from safety.
“We scored four times and had the patience to control things when they were defending,” the Portuguese told a post-match Press conference.
“It was a good game on a Monday night with 44,000 fans inside the stadium, so we appreciate that, but we knew it was going to be difficult.
“After the advantage we gave ourselves before half-time we knew how to keep possession, although our characteristics are to play more vertically, and we scored two more goals that way.”
Nuno also had words of praise for goalkeeper Diego Alves, who set two records on the night. Alves passed Pep Balaguer’s record of 549 minutes without conceding a goal at Mestalla and his sixth clean sheet in a row was the first time a ‘keeper had achieved this at the stadium.
“Diego is doing a fantastic job but he recognises this is about the great work done by the whole team. It is the team’s record,” insisted Nuno.