Marcelino Garcia Toral had mixed feelings over Valencia’s 2-1 Europa League win against FC Krasnodar following a sluggish second-half performance.
The under-fire Rodrigo Moreno gave Valencia a 2-0 lead in the opening quarter of the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Mestalla as Marcelino’s side looked to capitalise on home advantage.
Los Che comfortably had the measure of Krasnodar during the first-half, but things soon began to slip a little out of control after the break as the Russians looked to get back into the tie.
Ultimately, Krasnodar’s persistence paid off when Viktor Claesson grabbed a 63rd-minute away goal to give Murad Musayev’s side hope of a comeback in next Thursday’s return leg.
“When you’re 2-0 up in the 25th minute, you think that you’re going to get a definitive result for the second leg, but I think that we should have done more in the second half,” said Marcelino on the club website.
“We’re satisfied with the first 35 minutes, which were maybe the best of the season, but there was a lot that could have been improved upon in the second half.”
The Valencia boss added: “Looking at the first half, we knew what we had to do, but in the second half we didn’t push forward or avoid Krasnodar having chances.
“They took advantage of a chance that came about from a mistake, but we were very weak with the ball. This is useful for us to see that game last 90 minutes. The tie is open now.”
Valencia will next take a trip to Catalonia for a La Liga fixture at Girona, where Marcelino’s side will be hoping to make it four wins in a row.
Then the Spanish side will head out over to Russia for the return leg of their last-16 tie with Krasnodar next Thursday in the Europa League.
— Alberto Iranzo (@albertoiranzo) March 7, 2019