Pran­delli to re­turn Va­len­cia to the top

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NEW Va­len­cia coach Ce­sare Pran­delli wants to take the “glo­ri­ous club” back to en­joy­ing a star­ring role in La Liga and Europe, he said yes­ter­day.

The 59-year-old Ital­ian has signed a con­tract un­til June 2018 with the Span­ish club, be­com­ing their ninth coach since 2012.

“My aim is to find a balance which is cur­rently lack­ing,” Pran­delli told a news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at the Mestalla sta­dium. “I want to trans­mit to the play­ers the val­ues of this club.

“For me it’s an hon­our to be in such a glo­ri­ous club and we want to take it back there.”

Va­len­cia are 18th in the La Liga stand­ings with six points from seven games.

They fired Pako Ayestaran two weeks ago af­ter he had the worst record of any coach in the club’s 98-year his­tory, tak­ing 10 points from 12 games af­ter tak­ing over from Gary Neville in March.

Dur­ing his five-year spell at Fiorentina, Pran­delli guided the team to fourth place in Serie A and to the round of 16 in the 2009-10 Cham­pi­ons League.

He led Italy to a run­ners-up fin­ish at Euro 2012 be­fore re­sign­ing af­ter the team’s first-round exit at the 2014 World Cup.

“Hav­ing spo­ken to (Va­len­cia sport­ing di­rec­tor Je­sus Gar­cia Pitarch) Suso, here there is a very in­ter­est­ing foot­ball project that at­tracted me,” Pran­delli said.

“I met with (Va­len­cia owner) Peter Lim, he seems dis­tant from the club but he is not.

“He is a busi­ness­man who has a longterm project for Va­len­cia and that in­cludes win­ning.” – Reuters

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