Pellegrino accepts blame for slow start

Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino accepted responsibility for the side's slow start to the new season.

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The Argentinean has presided over seven games and seen his side pick up only two wins. The side from the eastern seaboard are currently languishing in 14th place in the La Liga table and have produced a torrid start under their new manager.

Pellegrino, appointed over the summer, confessed that he had expected the team to fare a lot better, especially as Los Che have been reinforced with a number of signings. Moreover, they are largely an unchanged unit from the side that finished the previous season in third place. 

For the current term, however, their poor start has left many doubting the possibility of a top-three finish and Pellegrino admitted that his side have to improve a great deal over the coming months in order to give a better account of themselves to the fans. 

"I am giving this job my all. Football is all I have thought about my entire life, and I have devoted all my time and love to this game. I am doing the best I can, but I can certainly do more to live up to the expectations of the club," he told EFE.

"I do not think we deserved to lose some of the games we have, but I will not give any excuses. I hope, with the work of the players and myself, the situation will change."

The ex-Valencia player also admitted that he is annoyed at losing a number of his first-team players for their national sides over the international break.

"Valencia has a lot of internationals, and this issue is not an easy one for any coach," he stated.

"[Once the players return] I will only have two days before travelling and preparing for the match against Athletic Bilbao, and then just one day before travelling to Belarus.

"But these are the problems of modern football."

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