Marcelino admitted Valencia’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Saturday ‘lacks flavour’ as ‘we deserved the three points’.
“I’m happy with the performance of my players,” the Coach said after the game.
“It’s a shame that we didn’t take more chances, but we drew with a great team, whom we practically prevented from creating any scoring chances.
“It’s a shame because I believe that today, we deserved the three points so a draw lacks flavour.
“We have less points than we deserve and today is more proof of that. Still, the team are competitive, always improving and competing with rivals of the highest level.
“Certainly there were some moments of doubt, so we need to take more of our chances. I think the team are very competitive, possibly a lot more than last season.
“We have less points because we’ve scored fewer goals but my feeling is that at the end of the season’s first round, we’ll be up there.”
Marcelino was then asked about whether Philippe Coutinho should have been sent off for slapping Dani Parejo twice.
“From my position I didn’t see it,” he added.
“I understand the VAR, but I’m not going to get drawn into whether it’s perfect or not. Generally speaking, the VAR helps make everything fairer.”