Gary Neville pleased with confidence of Valencia players

Gary Neville
Gary Neville's contract at Valencia only runs until the summer

Valencia boss Gary Neville says confidence is high in the squad after they beat Rapid Vienna 4-0 for a fourth successive win.

Los Che, who saw off Rapid 10-0 on aggregate, have won their last two La Liga games - having failed to win any of Neville's first nine league matches.

"That was the big thing, to keep the momentum going," he said.

"We have a very big week - Bilbao, Malaga and Atletico Madrid. But the confidence going into it is good."

Valencia, 11th in the table, are at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday (15:00 GMT) as they try to make it five consecutive wins, before visiting Malaga on Wednesday and hosting title-chasing Atletico Madrid on Sunday, 6 March.

They were goalless at half-time in Vienna, before goals from Rodrigo, Sofiane Feghouli, Pablo Piatti and Ruben Vezo sealed the win.

They have been drawn against Athletic Bilbao in the last 16.

Neville said: "The professional attitude and mentality were the things I was most happy with. The performance was very good.

"I told the players we had two jobs - one was to complete the tie and also I wanted the momentum to keep going and I wanted a good performance. Thankfully we got both.

"All the players are fresh. We left six or seven players behind with [assistant] Pako Ayestaran and our fitness coach to prepare them. I'm happy with the players who played tonight - they played well."

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