Valencia closing in on Champions League qualification
Valencia closed down on a fourth place in the La Liga Santander with a 3-1 comeback win over Alaves to leave their chance into the top four in their hands with Sevilla and surprise package Getafe faltering.
Valencia, finishing in the top four comes as a surprise after struggling in the first half of the season with a lot of draws and finding it hard to score with 22 points in the first half of the season, to 38 in the second half, playing 59 games.
Alaves had scored the opener with Ximo Navarro header from a corner but soon levelled from Carlos Soler and went up two in four minutes from Santi Mina header from a corner and Kevin Gameiro sealed the win in the second half.
Valencia head coach Marcelino García Toral talked with the club website in the aftermath of a critical win over Alavés
“We came back from 0-1 down today to win. We are enormously tired and our minds are overloaded by responsibility and playing finals since January -or even September.
I’m very proud of the squad, and I think that we all should be. We have 90 minutes remaining, which is a relief, and it will be the first week since January that we have a week’s rest.
I hope that, now we have fourth place, we don’t let it slip away. It isn’t going to be easy. I hope that we manage it. It isn’t done yet, but we are in the best possible situation to achieve it.”