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Win or bust for Valencia in Belarus

10-22-2012 16:10 BJT

MADRID, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Valencia face a vital game in their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League.

A win at home to Lille and a defeat away to Bayern Munich mean that Valencia's two games against Belarus side, BATE Borisov are likely to decide their future.

BATE have had a flying start to the competition and have two wins from two games, so a win would leave them six points clear of the Spanish side, who would be virtually obliged to win home matches against both them and Bayern in order to make progress.

The BATE side forms the backbone of the Belarus national side and have shown they are a major threat on the break, but Valencia will take heart from a late fightback that saw them overturn a 2-1 deficit against Athletic Club Bilbao into a 3-2 win in the last two minutes of their BBVA Primera Liga game on Saturday night.

Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino commented that he hoped the win would be the turning point of his side's season, adding that his squad was looking more confident after the win and that players who had been out injured were also available to play.

One of those returnees, Ever Banega returned to action at the weekend and the Argentinean will give more control to the Valencia midfield as well as improving his side's overall passing ability.

Left back Jeremy Matthieu also gives Valencia more options down the flank as well as adding height from set pieces, meanwhile Robeto Soldado continues to be vital in the Valencia attack.

Saturday's win has given Pellegrino a breathing space, but the Valencia coach will not forget that his home fans were booing the team for the majority of Saturday's game and a defeat in Belarus will once again leave his position open to question at a debt ridden club where qualifying for the next phase in Europe is vital for Valencia's economy.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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