Marcelino spoke in his pre-match press conference on Saturday evening
Marcelino looked ahead to the Sunday (4:15pm CET) game against Real Sociedad in his pre-match press conference, telling journalists he is optimistic about the Matchday 23 contest.
Asked about potential fatigue for the team after their midweek draw with Real Betis, the coach said that:"We're playing a game 65 hours on from our last match, and that means a big effort both physically and mentally. We always have to look ahead. We will make a few changes but we are in good shape both physically and mentally. I hope that our response is good against an intense, dynamic and powerful side. They've been through a similar process to us, and now -just like us- they are scoring goals. We hope that the fans get behind us, as everything is easier with their help. We've only lost one game at Mestalla, but we've also only won three. I hope we are able to get home victory number four in the league."
He also addressed the improvement in form for Valencia CF, commenting: "I don't think that there's just one reason for our solidity, but rather it's the sum of various factors. The main statistic for me is that we scored 26 goals in 4 1/2 months, and we've now scored 18 in a month and a half. That means that whilst before we were scoring one or no goals, now we're getting two or three. This, as well as us getting victories, has given us the confidence that these players needed. I think that having suffered and gone through bad times in every training session generates inner strength, meaning that now we never give up."
Gonçalo Guedes returns to the squad after two months out, and Marcelino is taking things steady with the player: "Guedes is ready. We think that he has to participate gradually in the team dynamic, which includes being part of the squad and being with his teammates. We need to take things gradually with him. Before the operation he hadn't been training much, and we're trying to generate a solid base through training that allows him -from a fitness perspective- to show all of his qualities."
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