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Barcelona mauling one of my worst experiences, says Neville

Luis Suarez (right) scored four goals, while Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barca demolished Valencia 7-0 in the King's Cup

Valencia coach Gary Neville described his team’s 7-0 drubbing by Barcelona in the Spanish King’s Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday as one of his worst experiences in football.

The former England defender has failed to win eight league matches since being appointed manager of the La Liga club last month.

“I am not going to sleep well tonight,” Neville told reporters.

“This is one of the worst experiences I’ve ever gone through in football.”

Neville was handed his first managerial job in December, working alongside his brother Phil, and has been the subject of mounting criticism from Valencia fans with “#Nevilleveteya”, translated as Neville go now, trending on Twitter.

Neville, 40, enjoyed a trophy-laden career as Manchester United right-back before becoming a highly respected television pundit with Sky.

“I last doubted myself 18 years ago and after that I developed coping mechanisms to deal with situations,” he said.

“I’m fine.”

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