The Valencia CF coach felt that his side only lacked finishing against Real Sociedad
Despite the game just lacking a goal for Valencia CF, coach Marcelino was happy with the performance of his players in the 0-0 draw at Mestalla. Speaking after the game, he reflected that the team had created enough chances to have taken the three points on Matchday 23.
"When you play a game less than 72 hours after your last match, you always feel it. Especially with the physical and mental effort that the game at the Benito Villamarín required. We didn't win the game because we had 4 or 5 clear chances on goal and didn't convert them. If we had been hindered by fatigue, then the opposition would have been superior, but the better side were Valencia CF this afternoon and we just lacked converting that dominance into a goal. That was the key to us not taking the three points. We played very well defensively, we didn't give them any chance on goal, and after a first half that we found a little more difficult we had sufficient chances to have won the match."
The first half
"Real Sociedad won at the Bernabéu and were coming into this game off the back of seven matches undefeated. They are the side with the most points from away games besides FC Barcelona. Real Sociedad are a good team, and dominating them for 90 minutes isn't easy. In the first half we were more imprecise than normal, but it's difficult to control the entire game -especially when you are playing every 3 or 4 days and competing at the highest level. We didn't have our best first half, but Real Sociedad didn't create chances on goal during that period. Overall, we had a good game. We all wanted to win, and I am the first to be sad when we don't but I also have to be analytical; we had a very good second half and had enough chances to have won the game."
"He had a very good game. We are very satisfied with his fast adaptation, despite the little tactical work he has been able to do alongside his teammates. He had a serious, competitive and solid game."
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