Nuno Santo has insisted that Valencia “are getting better”, despite Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Koln condemning them to a winless Colonia Cup campaign.
Los Che rounded off their pre-season with a fourth straight defeat, but the Coach believes there is plenty of cause for enthusiasm ahead of their upcoming obligations in the Champions League playoffs.
“We’re getting better. I’m not happy with the result, but I am with the competitive attitude that we’ve shown,” he said after the game.
“I’m very happy with the week that we’ve had, given the demanding physical level that’s been asked of us.
"The team created many chances and controlled possession. The goals we conceded are things we must correct.
“Their goals came from strategic play and are things that we have to dedicate ourselves to changing, but overall I liked the team’s attitude.
“[Compared to the Porto match], the dynamics of the team were different. Our opponents also played a different system, on the counter, with a well-defined philosophy.
“[On Alvaro Negredo], all my players must take advantage of the minutes that they’re given. This is their main objective at this stage.
“It has nothing to do with proving me wrong. [My staff and I] know the individual quality of the players. What we have to do is enhance and improve them.
“We’ve demonstrated over both days that we have very valid options in the squad. What we want now is to prepare for the Champions League playoffs.”