Valencia coach Gary Neville believes his team were unlucky not to beat Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Mestalla on Wednesday evening.
After suffering a humiliating 7-0 defeat in the first tie at Camp Nou, Neville and his players were under pressure in the second game and they put up a much better fight.
They created most of the chances and Alvaro Negredo scored a first-half goal, but they were denied by a late strike from substitute Wilfred Kaptoum with the game finishing 1-1.
Although his priority was always the upcoming La Liga match against Espanyol, Nevile is pleased with the “dignity” showed by his players against Barcelona.
“We are preparing the game already for Saturday, we know it is a big match,” he said.
“The focus after losing last week and Sunday has always been the match on Saturday against Espanyol.
“I thought we deserved to win the game. They weren’t perfect circumstances after last week, but the players played with dignity.”