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Valencia coach Bordalas explains Cillessen recall for Athletic Bilbao draw

Valencia coach Jose Bordalas says it was the right time to recall Jasper Cillessen for their 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.

Giorgi Mamardashvili was dropped for the game in favour of the Dutchman.

Bordalas explained, "We considered that it was the right time. Giorgi has done really well. He has exceeded expectations and the demand and the responsibility was too much for him at some points in the last few games.

"He is a very young player with a big, future and we considered that after two losses it was time to use a more experienced goalkeeper like Jasper, who was sensational. These are decisions that are made not only for sporting reasons, but also for the state of mind of the player."

He added: "We have lacked success in the final metres. We had many crosses that went long. I analyse the whole game. I take away the effort and the hard work, without forgetting aspects of the game that we must improve. We must be self-critical because otherwise it is difficult to improve. You can't blame the team for anything, but my obligation is to analyse and take stock of the game to keep improving and growing.


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