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Chelsea vs Valencia: Why players snubbed press conference

Valencia manager, Albert Celades, was forced to attend the club’s Champions League press conference without any of his players, after they chose to boycott it because of the sacking of their previous coach.
The LaLiga side fired Marcelino last week, despite the Brazilian leading the club to the Copa Del Rey trophy and Champions League qualification last season.
Celedes was installed into the role for last weekend’s league match against Barcelona, which the club lost 5-2.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Celades admitted the player boycott of media wasn’t “ideal”.
“Obviously it’s not an ideal situation but it’s the players’ decision, really. I don’t have much more to say about that.
“There isn’t anything I can do about it.
“I speak to the players every day. They took this decision but there is always dialogue. The reaction I’ve had has been very good and I’m sure it will continue to improve.
“The spirit is very good. (Tuesday) is the start of the best club competition in Europe and that is ample motivation for the players to give their best.
“They want to play, taste the atmosphere. and be in the starting XI. No-one wants to miss out and that, for me, is the most important thing,” Celades said.
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Champions League: Guardiola speaks on being called ‘Fraudiola’

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has praised his players for helping him to lose the “Fraudiola” tag, that was aimed at him during his first season in England.
Guardiola failed to win a trophy in his first campaign at the Etihad and his tactics were questioned.
He has since won back-to-back Premier League titles with City and steered the club to an unprecedented domestic Treble last season.
“They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola.
“This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.
“And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me,” he said at a news conference on Monday.