Valencia striker David Villa credits their top-of-the-table status to the calm now enveloping the club. Los Che won at Valladolid 1-0 to go top yesterday and after the turmoil of last season, Villa says: "There was a need for stability, tranquility and the results have lifted morale. Everything has changed and now we only talk about the topic of sport, when we all can remember the problems and the news that was happening last season.

"Also a large part of the credit goes to the coach (Unai Emery). He has introduced his ideas and the players have identified with him. The squad is now much more stable."