Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Guaita desperate for Europa League glory

Valencia go into their Europa League second-leg against Atletico Madrid knowing that they need to overturn a 4-2 scoreline, if they are going to progress to the final.

While many have all but ruled out Valencia, the side’s goalkeeper, Vicente Guaita has promised the team will give absolutely everything in their bid to overcome the two-goal deficit. The side remain outsiders for the win with Betfair.

A Falcao-inspired victory handed Atletico the advantage against their fellow La Liga side, although goals from Jonas and Ricardo Costa ensured Valencia kept alive their slim chances of overcoming the odds at the Mesalla, this week.

If Atletico do hang onto their lead, and dump Valencia out of the tournament, then it will not be for lack of trying from Los Che, who, according to Guaita, will leave all they have out on the pitch, in a bid to achieve their hopes of Europa League success.

"We know it is going to be hard because we did not expect this result in the first leg", Guaita said. “We have a chance to go through, there are 90 minutes left and we will leave our souls on the pitch to reach the final.”

"We are very eager to play the game on Thursday. We know that we will have a lot of fans in the stands, who will be supporting us until the very last minute, and we will try to go through because entering a final is the best thing there is."

Unai Emery’s side prepared for the upcoming clash against Atletico by further strengthening their hold on the third spot in La Liga, with a 4-0 demolition of nine-man Real Betis.

Goals from Jonas, Sofiane Feghouli, Roberto Saldado, and Pablo Piatti ensured Valencia go into their European campaign full of confidence that they can salvage their dwindling European hopes. Get your Betfair Football Tips before placing a bet on Thursday’s clash.

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