A change of coach gave Valencia little respite as they lost 2-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday in the first game back in charge of caretaker manager Voro, in front of an empty stadium in Mestalla.

Raul GarcĂ­a scored in half to condemn Valencia to a third straight defeat, opening the scoring with a near first shot in the 13th minute, then smashing home from outside the area early in the second half.

Following successive defeats by Eibar and Villarreal, coach Albert Celades was fired on Monday by Valencia, calling for loyal club servant Voro to take temporary charge of the squad for the fifth time since 2008.

This season, Peter Lim fired Celades. Coach Celades is the second coach owner and the sixth to be dismissed since 2014. The Singaporean billionaire was spared the wrath of the normally vociferous supporters of Valencia as fans are still barred from accessing Spain’s stadiums due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The win took Athletic in the table with 48 points up to seventh while Valencia is 10th out of 46, falling out of the qualification race of the Champions League as Seville lagged by 11 points in the fourth position with five games remaining.

Valencia fell below Granada, who had a 2-0 victory when Alaves failed to unseat Voro ‘s side and climbed to seventh, 46 points as well.

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