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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 29, 2008

Joaquin insists Valencia's problems are over

Valencia winger Joaquin insists last season's problems are a thing of the past after helping Los Che to a 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.

Goals from David Villa (two), Juan Mata and Joaquin made sure an unbeaten Valencia remain at the top of La Liga, with four wins and a draw from their opening five games.

At the same stage last season Valencia had just one point less and had also won four of their first five games, but then went into freefall to sink as low as 15th place with three games of the campaign remaining.

Since then former Almeria boss Unai Emery has been placed at the helm of the club, something Joaquin believes will make the difference between this year and the last.

''The team is practically the same, but there is more order and we all know what we have to do,'' he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

''The coach knows what he has got and isn't getting himself in a mess or trying to invent things. Fortunately this year we have a 'coach'.

''The dressing room has changed so much and there's a different feeling. Now you go in there and you don't remember last year, when there were so many sporting and non-sporting problems and you'd hear so many comments made in there. 'Right now there's a group, and when things are going well it always helps.''

The former Real Betis player was backed by coach Emery, who is now tipping his side to continue their run.

After the 2-0 win over Malaga last Wednesday, Emery dismissed his side's position in the league table as ''a mere anecdote'', but after Sunday's game he insisted he was happy to be top of the league but keen to remain there.

He said: ''The problems from the last campaign are being overcome in the sense that the important thing now is to think only about ourselves and try to be prudent and convinced we need to work to be there.

''We always valued being in the lead (in the league) but what worries us is regularity, growing as a team. We just don't know how far we can go because it's too soon.''

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