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Valletta are still in a relegation battle, says coach Vincenzo Potenza

Valletta's Victor Filho (left) looking for an opening against Gudja United. Photo: Domenic Borg

Valletta coach Enzo Potenza was delighted with his team’s positive approach as the Citizens secured their first win after several weeks after brushing aside Gudja United 3-0 on Saturday.

The win lifted Valletta to the 14-point mark, two clear of the relegation zone. However, the Italian coach said that it would be foolish to think that anything had been attained last weekend.

“It was great to finally get the three points,” Potenza told the Times of Malta.

“It’s a win that injects a lot of confidence in our team, but we have to be honest with ourselves and admit that nothing has changed in terms of objectives – we are still fighting for survival – and that has to be our main goal.

“We may be two points above the relegation zone but there are still 13 matches to go and it’s going to be a tough battle to retain our top-flight status.

“I was pleased with how the players affronted the match from a mental point of view right from the outset. We struggled a lot this season to perform at our best for the whole 90 minutes but on Saturday we did well throughout the match and the win was a consequence of our positive performance.”

Next up for Valletta is another direct encounter against another relegation rival Sirens and Potenza has warned his players against underestimating their opponents.

“The match against Gudja is in the past now and we have to focus on the match against Sirens. It’s a dangerous match against a team that surely does not deserve to be at the bottom of the standings.

“They are playing well but results have not gone their way. They missed a penalty against Naxxar and Sliema, but they are a team who are fighting hard and are well coached by my friend Steve D’Amato.

“So no doubt, we need to be focused and ensure that we play at our best against Sirens if we are to get another three points.”

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