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Valencia slipped out of the top four last weekend and it did not take long for the critics to voice their concern...

Ruben Baraja is stunned by the negative talk surrounding Valencia after they slipped out of the Champions League places last weekend and has called upon the squad to remain upbeat.

The Spanish international midfielder is unhappy that some members of the squad had bemoaned the team's recent form and looked to ensure a different message was being sent out.

Valencia slipped to fifth in the table after Villarreal's win and they are now five points behind third-placed Sevilla and 21 below league leaders Barcelona.

"The expectations are too high and it a shame that some of the players have reacted to it," Marca quote him as saying.

"We have dropped out of the Champions League positions for the first time and everyone is already saying that we are slipping.

"I do not know how that can be said when there is so much of the season left, but it is almost as if people have been waiting to be negative.

"The league is very even and if teams like Villarreal do not stop believing then neither should we.

"We know that we have been conceding goals lately, but we are trying to correct that without losing our offensive side because we have so many good players going forward."

Valencia's financial problems are also having an effect as work on the new Mestalla has been stopped, but Baraja did not want to focus on non-playing matters.

"That is something that does effect us really. We have to remain calm and to give the board time. The sporting side is the most important as that is what we can influence," he continued.

"It is the media that talk about non-sporting matters. We just train and think about the next game."

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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