Valencia manager Gary Neville has described Wednesday’s humiliating 7-0 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp as one of his “worst experiences” in football.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez scored four goals and world player of the year Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg, to end Neville’s run of four cup wins in charge.
Wednesday’s drubbing has now increased the pressure on the Englishman, who is without a league win in eight matches.
“I am not going to sleep well tonight. This is one of the worst experiences I’ve ever gone through in football. I last doubted myself 18 years ago and after that I developed coping mechanisms to deal with situations. I’m fine.
“The people I feel most sorry for are the Valencia supporters. They don’t deserve a performance like that.
“We were playing against three of the best players in the world and we gave them three-on-twos I don’t know how many times.
“It was unacceptable and we have to recover very quickly. We need to win a league game. I wish the match against Betis could start in 10 minutes.” Neville said as quoted on BBC Sport.
The former Manchester United skipper was appointed in December, his first managerial job, joining his brother Phil, who was already on the coaching staff.
Neville and his troops who are currently 12th on the La Liga log and just five points clear of the relegation zone will now shift focus to Sunday’s trip to Real Betis.