Details have emerged on why Valencia players failed to show up for the pre-match press conference in their UEFA Champions League encounter against Chelsea.
Valencia head coach, Albert Celades, on Monday, attended the press conference alone after his players refused to accompany him.
It was gathered that the players are protesting the sack of their former coach, Marcelino, despite despite securing a Champions League spot for the team and leading them to Copa Del Rey glory.
Celades, who was brought in last week to replace the axed coach, suffered a devastating defeat in the hands of Barcelona during the weekend by losing 5-2 to the La Liga Champions.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Celades admitted the player boycott of media wasn’t “ideal”.
“Obviously it’s not an ideal situation but it’s the players’ decision, really. I don’t have much more to say about that.
“There isn’t anything I can do about it.
“I speak to the players every day. They took this decision but there is always dialogue. The reaction I’ve had has been very good and I’m sure it will continue to improve.
“The spirit is very good. (Tuesday) is the start of the best club competition in Europe and that is ample motivation for the players to give their best.
“They want to play, taste the atmosphere. and be in the starting XI. No-one wants to miss out and that, for me, is the most important thing,” Celades said.