Djukic: We will attack

Miroslav Djukic will not adopt a cautious approach to Valencia's Europa League opener against Swansea.

Last Updated: 18/09/13 at 19:28 Post Comment   

Miroslav Djukic: Has promised to attack Swansea

Miroslav Djukic: Has promised to attack Swansea

Los Che sit 16th in the Primera Division table after losing three of their first four league games, including their 3-1 weekend defeat at Real Betis.

That run of results has heaped pressure on Djukic, who held a meeting with his players before the start of training on Monday.

But he says there is no way Valencia will go into their shells when they look to get their season back on track.

He told his pre-match press conference: "We are never going to be conservative, we are Valencia and we go for the other team.

"We know if we are to avoid losses and make things simple then we have to take risks but try and be better in defence.

"I am strong and convinced of the possibilities of my team, but we are concerned that the team does not play as we want at the moment.

"But I think it's a matter of trust and that is solved by winning games.

"I think sometimes we freeze, especially when we have the ball.

"We have not doing much damage and it seems like we are always the second team when it comes to winning possession.

"I want us to have the ball to do damage. It is time for us all to get together, to go out and fight with a cool head, to be calm and confident. The responsibility for that lies with me."

Djukic also made it clear he has the backing of the players.

"From the beginning of the week, we talked a bit with the players to convey the most important thing is to make things simple," he said.

"I've never seen a player who does not want to win, if the players want to make it bad for the coach then the coach can decide who plays for Valencia.

"But it is about winning, no matter who the coach is. We must fight. Fight, strive and work, this must be a team with no frills."

Djukic has opted to leave Victor Ruiz and Oriol Romeu, who is on loan from Chelsea, out of his squad for "tactical reasons", but confirmed that Vicente Guaita is set to start in goal instead of Diego Alves.


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