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Goals from Mauro Arambarri, Jaime Mata and Carlos Alena inflicted Los Che's tenth league defeat of the season and leaves them lurking dangerously to the relegation zone.
Valencia are 14th in La Liga, with just six points separating them from Real Valladolid in the final relegation spot.
It's a massive fall from grace from a side who are two-time runners up in the Champions League and famously won a La Liga and UEFA Cup double under Rafa Benitez in 2003/04.
And when asked about the club being in a relegation battle as opposed to competing for the Champions League places, it proved too much for Gabriel in his post-match interview.
:soccer: Gabriel Paulista llorando al final de su comparecencia. Lo que están sufriendo ahí dentro en medio del desgobierno que les rodea también hay que tenerlo en cuenta. pic.twitter.com/vHyMkO4NEb- :arrow_right::five:% Paco Polit #ElMatx :soccer::stadium: (@pacopolit) February 27, 2021
"Este club y este escudo merecen mucho más que esto".- Jo Sóc XE :100: (@josocxe) February 27, 2021
Si Gabriel Paulista fora el pitjor central de la història, el voldria al meu equip. pic.twitter.com/I6m6YHwkgN
Gabriel Paulista: "Playing for a club as big as Valencia hurts... But we have to move forward. We will improve the situation and bring Valencia to where it deserves to be".#afc pic.twitter.com/zvupEnMDRv- Gilles :flag_ng::flag_gb: (@GrimandiTweetss) February 27, 2021
His eyes watering as he became visibly emotional, the Brazilian told Movistar Plus: "Hearing that is terrible, when you consider how big a club Valencia are and then to hear (about potential relegation) is awful.
"But we're going to turn this around, we have many games left and we're going to improve and return Valencia where they deserve to be."
The interviewer wished Gabriel well for the rest of the season but he still had tears in his eyes afterwards and was consoled by the club's press officer.
Formerly of Villarreal, the 30-year-old joined Valencia from Arsenal in 2017 and helped them win the Copa Del Rey in 2019.
Manager Javi Garcia, having offered his resignation in October, has seen his side pick up just three wins from their last 16 games in the league.
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