Valencia coach Quique Sanchez Flores spoke with his players for 20 minutes before kicking off training yesterday after their dismal 3-0 home defeat by Villarreal on Sunday.

Flores spoke in measured tones, keen to lift the confidence of his players ahead of Wednesday night's crunch Champions League qualifier against Elfsborg in Sweden.

New signing Manuel Fernandes took part in his first training session in front of Flores. The former Everton and Benfica midfielder worked with those players who were not involved on Sunday, including Stephen Sunday and Carlos Marchena.