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Valencia Francis Coquelín: "This Valencia has a very big heart" – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith

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Victory in London, Amsterdam and leaders.

From the first game we did well, we played against very good teams and always competed.

Is the victory over Ajax a coup d'etat?

We knew we could hurt there. We were convinced because we had already achieved it in other fields, such as against Chelsea or Athletic. We increased the game to win and pass in the group. Now to see what comes in the eighth.

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What ceiling does this Valencia have?

This team has a very big heart, a very solid wardrobe, very supportive and in the end, in the face of difficulties, always competes. Of course in the second half against Ajax we didn't play the best football game we could, but the team always defended themselves to death to get the result and now we have another great game against Real Madrid.

Is it difficult to live with such tension and, consequently, with injuries?

I think it's the life of a soccer player. It is true that we now have many injuries and we are recovering players little by little and we hope that by 2020 we will have no more injuries. But it is also an opportunity for other players who demonstrate quality playing in this team, such as Manu Vallejo, who with work and enthusiasm helps the team because it has talent.

Fans see him as a leader.

I am a Valencia player like the others. I am here to help my colleagues and staff. It's true that the fans from the first day gave me affection and I try to thank them, giving everything on the field.

Celades doesn't care about systems, but does the media influence them?

The coach decides what's best for the team and we professionals can play on any system. I don't think the system changes everything, the most important thing is that player performance is high, and that is what makes you win.

They face Madrid at a time of high.

Now let's enjoy this moment. There are many years of Valencia without going through the group stage and we have to enjoy this moment and then we will see the draw on Monday and in the Champions League there are big and fucking teams [sic] but Valencia is also a fucking team [sic] Against which to play.