17 Sep Champions League news: Valencia players refuse to attend press conference before Chelsea game
There’s still strain in the Spanish team before their European campaign due to the dismissal of their past trainer
Valencia manager Albert Celades has been made to attend the club’s Champions League press conference without any of his players once they opted to boycott the press event due to the sacking of their past trainer.
The La Liga side axed Marcelino a week regardless of the manager leading the club into the Copa Del Rey trophy and Champions League qualification through the previous season.
Celedes, that was formerly an assistant in Real Madrid, was set up to the function for last weekend’s league game against Barcelona, which the team lost 5-2.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Chelsea in Stamford Bridge, Celades confessed that the player boycott of press was not’perfect’, but insisted they’ll be prepared to compete in forthcoming games.
“Clearly it is not an perfect situation but it’s the players’ choice, actually. I really don’t have more to say about this,” Celades explained. “There is not anything that I could do about it.
“I talk to the players daily. They chose but there’s always dialog. The response I have had was very good and I am sure it’ll continue to enhance.
“The soul is quite great. (Tuesday) is the onset of the very best club competition in Europe and that’s ample motivation for the players to provide their very best.
“They need to play, flavor the air. And maintain the starting XI. No-one wants to overlook and that, for me personally, is the most essential thing.”
Controversy has surrounded the dismissal of Marcelino, that has indicated he had been relieved of his responsibilities because he won the Copa Del Rey last year rather than focusing on producing the Champions League, they qualified for anyhow.
Their first game in the contest comes from the Blues, who have impressed in the Premier League with Frank Lampard and are coming off a 5-2 win against Wolves.
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Celades has been attentive to the task confronted by his own players, but he thinks they can cause difficulties for the English club and also induce an outcome away from home.
“It is going to be a significant challenge but an intriguing one also. We are certain they can cause us a lot of issues,” he explained.
“We are going to get ready for the match in the simplest manner possible and attempt to find a outcome.”