Neville defiant ahead of Barca Copa del Rey clash

Gary Neville insists Valencia will adopt a “positive mentality” for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona, but he also concedes he has to think about their next La Liga clash.

Valencia were demolished 7-0 by Barca in the first leg of the last-four tie last week, and to add to their misery they lost 1-0 against Real Betis in the league on Saturday.

The Betis defeat saw them slip to 14th in the standings and it means Neville is yet to taste victory as coach in La Liga.

Although determined to put up a better display against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening, Neville admits he has to prioritise their next league game against Espanyol on Saturday.

“Last week was unacceptable,” he said. “But what I can see is that last Wednesday was a massive accident. That was a freak match.

“We must have a positive mentality, we must put in a huge effort and play and battle. Saturday’s game against Espanyol is fundamental. That must be taken into account when picking the team. I must prioritise Saturday’s game.”

He added: “It has to turn around on Saturday. We have to win this match on Saturday, that’s the pressure I’m putting on myself and the expectation of everybody – we have to win on Saturday.”

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