Liga Of Its Own

Valencia back on their feet after a bad fall

It is true that the situation at Valencia was very bad at the start of the Spanish La Liga season.

We lost our first four matches and it didn't help that there was a lot of player movement. Some left, some joined and we took some time to get used to one another.

While this is normal in football, we need to adapt quickly, work hard, play well and start to get good results as quickly as possible.

I'd say we are improving. We won our last two league matches against Alaves and Leganes. We knew we had to work harder to be in a better position and I think, over the two games, we showed that we have the quality to produce better results and performances.

For me, the biggest change after the two wins is the improvement of the spirit in the team.

As one of the senior players, I try to help by sharing my experiences on the pitch and in the dressing room, motivating the team and keeping morale up when results are not going our way.

Over the two games, we showed that we have the quality to produce better results and performances.

My team-mates are amazing - they receive my messages very well and it's very easy when they respond like that.

My target for this season is the same. I want to contribute as much as possible, be it through scoring, creating goals, helping out in defence or even giving advice - anything I can do to help the team.

People say I am one of the stars of the team, but I don't feel any extra pressure.

Of course I have the desire to win and when results don't go the team's way, I always try to give the answer on the pitch and try to change the situation, like going all out to try and score goals.

But the most important thing is to make the right decisions on the pitch. This is the biggest lesson I learnt from Alex Ferguson, my coach at Manchester United for many years.

In the beginning, he was always complaining to me about my decision making. He said I had so much quality, if I make the right decisions, I can be important to the team.

He is like a father and will correct me if I'm wrong and give advice. But he can also be like a friend. We talk a lot.

He knew how to deal with players at certain times and was the most important coach in my career.

Overall, I am enjoying my time in Valencia. It is a great city, the quality of life is very good and the club are fantastic.

We also have a fantastic stadium, a brilliant atmosphere and a great academy. We have all the conditions to succeed - all we need to do is work hard and win games.

We have a tough match today against Atletico Madrid, a very strong team. But it is again an opportunity to show that we are a good team and hopefully we can do that.

We are playing at home and we have a good chance to make it three wins in a row. They are playing well, but we will play our football and try our best to win in front of our fans.

• Liga Of Its Own is a monthly series, where Valencia coaches and players share their thoughts on life at the Peter Lim-owned football club.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 02, 2016, with the headline 'Valencia back on their feet after a bad fall'. Print Edition | Subscribe