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Marcelino: This draw leaves a good taste in my mouth

Only a quite wonderful brace from Marco Asensio prevented Valencia from taking all three points against Real Madrid on Sunday, with coach Marcelino stating the result had felt good.

Los Che were excellent, with the debut of new signing Geoffrey Kondogbia perfectly illustrating just what the Spanish coach has planned for his team’s style this season.

In his post-match press-conference, the former Villarreal coach made perfectly clear how pleased he was with his team and the positive feelings he was given.

“This match could have gone either way, but the draw leaves a very good taste in my mouth and it has made me very proud of my players,” he explained.

The aforementioned Kondogbia’s performance in midfield was a masterclass in box-to-box work, with the Frenchman knowing when to sit and hold in addition to moving forward.

He was a threat throughout and Marcelino was eager to praise his new signing.

“He was very good tonight and both of the two pivots gave a perfect illustration of how to defend and attack from such a key position on the pitch,” the coach told reporters.

Asensio’s performance, however, will take all the headlines, such was the brilliance of both of his goals.

As his stock continues to rise quickly, Marcelino suggested the 21-year-old could be the one to carry LaLiga into a new era.

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