Ronald Koeman has justified his recent decision to drop three of his most experienced players.
The Dutch coach who replaced Quique Sanchez Flores at the Mestalla at the start of November, has revealed that he was unhappy with the attitude shown by certain members of the squad.
He has since told Santiago Canizares, David Albelda and Miguel Angel Angulo that they will not feature in his first-team plans for the rest of the season, and that they are free to leave the club.
The decision to axe three of his veteran stars has come at a time when the club has lost three of their last four Primera Division games and finished bottom of their UEFA Champions League group, therefore missing out on the consolation of a Uefa Cup place.
Koeman though believes that he has made the right choice and that no pressure had been put on him to drop the trio.
"I believe the team had to change, to have people with more enthusiasm and a greater hunger, and it starts with these decisions," Koeman told Marca.
"I have seen things that I haven't liked from the start and I have changed them. No one has told me to do this. It is a sporting matter."