Gary Neville insisted Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Getafe was Valencia’s “best game physically” since he took over.
Los Che bounced back twice thanks to goals from Paco Alcacer and Santi Mina, but the result meant the former Manchester United defender was still without a win in La Liga, albeit after only two games.
“For half an hour or 35 minutes in the second half, we controlled the game, but then there were counterattacks, which created problems for us,” he said after the game.
“We had a bit of luck as Getafe didn’t take their chances at the end, but I also consider it our best game physically.
“Still, we need to improve and this [winter] break will help us face the series of matches we have in January as we’ll be playing twice a week.
“[On Aymen Abdennour’s mistakes], I haven’t spoken to him about them, but they’re general issues for the team.
“We need a program in the first three weeks of January so that the players are at the top of their game in February and March. We can’t lose a player in each match.”