Levante vs. Valencia  1 - 0


Pellegrino rues inconsistent Valencia

7 October 2012 18:35

Valencia manager Mauricio Pellegrino said their defeat to city rivals Levante on Sunday sums up his spell in charge of the club.

Since taking over from Unai Emery in the off-season, Pellegrino has led Valencia to 14th in the table, with Obafemi Martins' volley the difference in their 1-0 loss away at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia.

The Argentine believes his side needs to work hard in the coming weeks if they are to turn their season around.

"I think we've had some ups and downs during the season. We've done some good things and bad, which we showed today," he said.

"This match summed up our season: with ups and downs. At times we were OK but we also made mistakes. Some players need to work harder than others at the moment. We have to repeat all of our good moments in order to make the team reliable."

Despite his side coming away with the three points, Levante defender Sergio Ballesteros claimed Valencia striker Roberto Soldado assaulted him.

The pair met physically on numerous occasions throughout the contest, and Ballesteros was left unimpressed by Soldado, and he claims the television footage can back up his claims.

"Soldado gave me a stamp and a kick with his heel and on television it will be clear," he said in a post-match interview.

"It is two bits of nonsense but two assaults that I have had done to me."

After securing an impressive win over Valencia, Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez said his team's next objective was to register their first away win of the campaign.

"What we want is to have a lot of more points," he said.

"We have now six points, which is okay. But we didn't win away yet and now that is our goal. But we are (going to) enjoy now these two weeks until the next game against Getafe comes.

"But what we want now, over all, is to be a serious team, like we proved to be (on Sunday), at home and away."

Following next week's international break, Levante return to Liga action at Getafe on October 21.


Pellegrino pleased with Levante revival

6 October 2012 20:17

Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino has praised their city rivals Levante, and claims their good form has been positive for football in the city.

Levante finished sixth in the league last season, in just their second campaign back in the top flight after promotion, and are competing in the Europa League, while Valencia are in the Champions League.

Speaking ahead of the Liga meeting between the two sides on Sunday, Pellegrino feels Levante's success is strengthening football in the local area.

"Well, I really liked what they did last season," he said. "They have proven to be a team with everything.

"They have reached a historical period for the club that has strengthened them very much and luckily since last season, Levante brought another team to the city.

"A club that has been established in the first division in recent years and that is very good for the community because we have very good football in La Liga.

"I would like congratulate them for the work they have done. They are in the Europa League which is an important leap in terms of quality for all teams.

"So it's good, I really like what I've seen, they have very good quality, a mix of experience and young players who make up an important team."

Pellegrino also praised the focus of his own players, and said their mental strength was what would see them have a successful campaign.

"Well, for me the important thing is how games develop, how we adapt to it and the performance of my team," he said.

"I like that my players are always focused and the result is a consequence of this.

"In football there are many things you cannot control, one of them is the result, but we always work on things where we feel we could have an impact. We cover all the aspects we need in a game."

La Liga table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +75 100
2 38 +61 85
3 38 +34 76
4 38 +21 66
5 38 +13 65
6 38 +3 57
7 38 +1 56
8 38 -16 53
9 38 +4 50
10 38 -14 47
11 38 -17 46
12 38 -21 45
13 38 -9 44
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -17 42
16 38 -17 39
17 38 -15 37
18 38 -29 36
19 38 -23 35
20 38 -25 34