Valencia coach Marcelino pulls muscle celebrating winner
MADRID (AP) It was a bittersweet celebration for Valencia coach Marcelino after his team’s winning goal against Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Marcelino pulled a thigh muscle in his left leg while celebrating Simone Zaza’s 85th-minute winner at Anoeta Stadium.
Marcelino put his hand on the back of his leg and immediately started limping, visibly in pain.
Television images later showed him wincing in pain on the bench, and he limped every time he went out to the coach’s area to give instructions to his players.
”I’m older, I need to control myself in certain situations,” the 52-year-old Marcelino said, with a smile. ”When it’s the coach getting injured, it’s not a problem.”
Valencia won 3-2 to stay unbeaten and move to fourth place in the standings.