Marcelino bemoans blunt attack

Valencia Coach Marcelino believes his side’s lack of attacking threat has cost them in their ties with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this week.

Los Che lost 1-0 in both away games – with the second leg of their Copa del Rey clash with Barca still to come – with the tactician pointing to injuries and a lack of depth in their ranks.

“We did not offer enough of an attacking threat during the game,” Marcelino told reporters.

“Defensively we were compact and did not concede many opportunities, but we needed to do more offensively to create opportunities.

“Their goal was a moment of individual excellence and that decided the entire game, which makes it very difficult if you do not generate the chances at the right end.

“We allowed neither Barca nor Atleti a lot of chances but it is harder to spend a lot of energy attacking when you have so many tough games in a row.

“When you want to be at the level that we are at, you must expect this but you must also recognise that it is tough and our squad is not the biggest to cope with these situations.”

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