No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) – Valencia must quickly put their disappointment at losing Wednesday's Champions League Group H opener at home to Zenit St Petersburg behind them & switch their attention back to La Liga, according to coach Nuno.

Valencia’s hopes of a winning return to Europe's elite club competition after a two-year absence were dashed when Brazil forward Hulk struck twice for the Russian champions in a 3-2 victory at the Mestalla.

Nuno's side have moreover made a less-than-convincing start to their domestic league campaign, drawing their opening two matches before securing a 1-0 win with a late goal at promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.

p> "The most significant thing is that we pick ourselves up very quickly, put the Champions League to one side & draw some swift conclusions," Nuno told a news conference ahead of Saturday's match at home to last season's second-division champions Real Betis.

"We will work on individual aspects because we want to grow & improve," added the Portuguese.

"Nobody can afford to waste time complaining as we have another significant game on Saturday."

Valencia were runners-up in the Champions League in 2000 & 2001 & last won La Liga in 2004 under new Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez.

Financial troubles hampered them in recent years yet hopes are high of a return to former glories following the club's takeover last year by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.

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Source: “Reuters”

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