Valencia managed to grab a point against league leaders Barcelona on Saturday in a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla Stadium.
Barcelona took the lead in the 59th minute thanks to a goal by Luis Suarez, who has now scored 13 goals in 13 league games. But a late equalizer by Santi Mina made it so that each team left the pitch with a point. Valencia recently appointed Gary Neville as their new manager for the remainder of the season. But for the game against Barcelona, assistant coaches Voro and Gary’s brother Phil Neville lead the team.
“We are very pleased because we made the game we had to do,” Voro told valenciacf.com. “We’ve got a point, but it is the first stone to restore confidence and keep improving at all levels. I want to congratulate the fans, because he has been faithful to the team and understood the approach. Playing against Barcelona is very complicated. They have given us the confidence to have faith to the end.
“When the results do not accompany the daily life becomes complicated, and the player has to be in another situation. From the coaching staff we have encouraged them, they are good players and depends on them. We have had collective organization, even with the result against. We have not lost faith and finally it has come the opportunity. I am satisfied with the coaching staff and players. They have well read the game. We have recovered the communion with the fans, it’s a very important starting point for us.”
The game-tying goal by 19-year-old Mina was his first in a Valencia shirt.
“I dedicate the goal to my family; I’m very happy to get the point today,” Mina told valenciacf.com after the match. “I knew Paco Alcacer was going to pull something off there, and when I saw him turning around I dropped to the right. We have to keep this dynamic; our attitude has been very good. We played as a team. We had to give the fans some joy. We knew we had to be compact and take the opportunities that came our way when we were on the attack.”