Valencia’s Gary Neville focused on crucial Espanyol game

first_imgGary Neville his focus has always been on the La Liga clash with Espanyol and not the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg with Barcelona, since the defeat by Real Betis last weekend. 11/02/2016 Upd. at 02:24 Fans: “I’m grateful to the fans who came and supported us,’ added the former Manchester United defender. I’m also aware its the right of the fans who didn’t come tonight not to come. I think the stadium on Saturday will be full, it will be an electric atmosphere. We and the team need the fans more than ever on Saturday.” Sport EN His team let in a late Wilfrid Kaptoum goal, drawing 1-1 with Barcelona at a more-than-half empty Mestalla, but the game was already over following the Catalans’ 7-0 win in the first leg.center_img Negredo: “He’s experienced. I think that’s seven goals (it is six since Neville took over) now since he came back. He’d not played for three months, out in the stands, he’s been fantastic for me in the last two months. I was delighted that the ball bounced back to him and he scored, my belief in him has been strong from day one. He’s one of the most experienced players that leads the line well.” CET Neville said: “We’re preparing for Saturday’s game already. After last week the focus has always been on Espanyol. The squad selection for tonight was based around having as fresh a team as possible on Saturday.” Neville on the Barcelona game: “I thought we deserved to win the game tonight. The players played with dignity. I thought we could have got a second goal in the second half to seal victory but then Barcelona got one, which was disappointing.last_img