Marcelino’s Valencia are third in La Liga, 11 points behind leaders Barcelona

Once the excitement is over, Christmas can become a bore.

That was the case for Valencia manager Marcelino – but of a different kind.

The Spaniard, 52, was driving home on Christmas Eve when his car collided with a wild boar on the motorway.

The incident took place between Logrono and Bilbao in northern Spain.

Marcelino was “given the all-clear” after being checked over at hospital.