Albelda frustrated after stalemate
Valencia midfielder David Albelda was disappointed his side failed to build an advantage to take to Villarreal for the second leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie after last night's draw at the Mestalla.
Valencia, cup winners in 2008, had the chances to put themselves in control of the tie but Pablo Hernandez, Juan Mata, Ricardo Costa and Aritz Aduriz all failed to make the most of their openings as the match finished goalless.
Unai Emery's side now face a battle to make it through to the quarter-finals as Villarreal, who are third in La Liga, just above Los Che, boast a fantastic home record under coach Juan Carlos Garrido, winning 19 of 22 games at El Madrigal.
Albelda said: "It was a game which was played practically all in their half, we pressured them high up the pitch and created danger. They are a great team and therefore it's a pity that we aren't going to Villarreal with a good advantage, because we played a complete game against a difficult opponent."
Villarreal boss Garrido said: "Their direct football caused us problems and we were very loose. It's a tie between two great teams which will go to the last minute of the second match. I expected a draw, maybe with goals, but this leaves the tie open."