‘If the fans were always with us…’

Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes believes the good feeling is returning to the club after a patchy start and feels the unhappy fans haven’t helped the situation.

Los Che went into the international break on the back of a 5-1 away win over Celta Vigo, and Gomes told Marca that the task is now to close the gap on where the team was this time last year.

“At this time we had a lot more points last year and people were waiting for something identical to happen,” he said.

“We have to try and recover the points we lost at the start and get closer to the top. We didn’t expect what happened. Little by little, we’re gaining confidence and we hope to win the next matches.

“It’s normal the crowd is a little uneasy. When you play at home with your fans, I understand they want more and more, but so do we.

“Sometimes we make a mistake on the pitch because we want to go forward and things don’t work out as we hoped.

“When you hear whistles you ask yourself how it would be if [the fans] were with you. It’s a bit odd. The players and the Coach are strong.

“What we want is to turn around the situation and we are a united group to achieve our goals. Of course, if the fans were always with us, nothing would be better than that for everyone.

“What do my teammates think about the whistles? I can’t answer that because I’m not in their heads. People have appreciated me, and I’ve appreciated them.

“But we all have to be mentally strong on the pitch and not down. You have to keep working, even if the fans aren’t with you.

“When you believe in your work you go until the end. The Coach trusts his work and the players too. We’re very united and we’ll keep working to win the next matches.

“Nobody wants to win more than we do. We want to do everything to win and make the fans happy. It’s a matter of time, of the matches, and if we keep down this path of success the fans will come back.”

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