Wednesday 26 October 2016

Under-fire Neville still in search of first Liga win

Gary Neville Photo: PA
Gary Neville Photo: PA

Valencia coach Gary Neville, pained by a 7-0 mauling at Barcelona in the King's Cup, must pick up his team for Sunday's trip to Real Betis where he will be looking for a first win in nine La Liga matches.

Barcelona virtually settled the cup semi-final in the first leg on Wednesday, a thrashing that included four goals from Luis Suarez and a Lionel Messi hat-trick.

"I didn't like what I saw. The fans didn't deserve that and we have to recover incredibly quickly," Neville, who gave a flat "No" to the suggestion of quitting, told reporters at the Nou Camp.

"It's going to be a painful three or four days," added the former Manchester United and England full back, who took charge at Valencia two months ago.

It was a cruel shock for Neville, hard on the heels of a surprise 1-0 home defeat by Sporting Gijon last weekend.

During his time in charge, Valencia got through two rounds of the cup competition but they are still waiting for a league win and are 12th with 25 points, 26 off the pace set by Barcelona.

Levante, meanwhile, will be hoping Barca are not nearly as good as they were on Wednesday as they look for a fifth win in 23 matches to try to move off the bottom of the table.

Second placed Atletico Madrid, three points behind Barca, host Eibar tomorrow and Real Madrid, a point further back, travel to Granada on Sunday.

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