Neville not seeking Europa League revenge

Date published: Thursday 10th March 2016 9:04

Gary Neville insists Valencia will not seek revenge against Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday.

Los Che last month lost 3-0 at home to Bilbao and last October, under previous manager Nuno Espirito Santo, they were defeated 3-1 at the San Mames.

Valencia appear to be improving, however, and Neville revealed he is expecting a different outcome in their last-16 first-leg tie and that the defeat last month did not fairly reflect that game.

“I wouldn’t say we want revenge, each game is different and this is over two legs,” said Neville, who must also prepare his team for Sunday’s local derby at Levante.

“The game at Mestalla was very tight, we could have won it 2-0. Athletic played well but not to win 3-0.

“People focus a lot on that game, but this will be different. There will be a good atmosphere, but we must be positive, have confidence and give everything.

“For us the Europa League is the most important as it is the next game.

“With games every three or four days, we have been playing well lately. This is the type of game you want as a player and as a coach. We want to return with a good result, to show confidence and play well for the full game,” Neville added in quotes published by

The Englishman is, however, without Enzo Perez, owing to the midfielder’s muscle problems, and winger Denis Cheryshev, who sustained a thigh injury during the weekend’s 3-1 defeat at home by Atletico Madrid in which he scored Valencia’s only goal. The Russian is expected to miss the coming month due to the problem.

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