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Pellegrino seeks improvement

Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino says his side have plenty to work on after they lost 1-0 at Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday.

A ninth-minute goal from Betis midfielder Salva Sevilla settled the match as Valencia’s travel woes continued, with the 2003/2004 Spanish champions winless in their past 10 league games away from home – a run stretching back to March 3.

Despite two wins from three in the UEFA Champions League, Pellegrino’s side have only managed three victories from nine in the league.

“The first half Betis were better than us and in the second we were the better side,” he said.

“They scored and we didn’t but we have to learn from the first half because we need to improve a lot and we need look for the things we want.

“We have had a lot of ups and downs. We will work as a team because that’s all I want as a coach.

“We couldn’t get a big gap with good results. We need to keep working to improve. Little by little we look at the bad things we do.

“I believe in the squad but I wasn’t happy with the way we played in the first half.”

Pellegrino says the team must now regroup and look ahead to their upcoming fixtures, starting with a meeting with Llagostera in the Copa del Rey.

“We need to think about the next match and we ignore the gap in points with our rivals,” the 41-year-old said.

“Our start of season hasn’t been good but next Tuesday we have another match and we don’t have time to think about today’s result.”

Sun 28 October, 2012
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