Pereira: Valencia can bridge gap

New Valencia signing Joao Pereira says the club's new players can help bridge the gap with Real Madrid and Barcelona next season.

Los Che finished 30 points behind second-place Barca last term, with Madrid a further nine points clear, but the Portuguese international right-back believes Valencia should be aiming for the title right from the start.

“The players brought in have come here to reduce the distance between ourselves and the top two.

“Barca and Real Madrid are two great teams but if we begin the season thinking of finishing third then the League title is not worth playing for,” declared Pereira in his first Press conference, and he also spoke about Valencia’s aims for the 2012-13 campaign and his initial impressions of the club.

“We know it will be difficult and one of the first objectives will be to get into the Champions League places and as close as possible to the big two.

“I have only trained with the team four days and I am still getting to know everyone.

“I am trying to learn a new language and to integrate, but I can already see the group is very together and happy,” he concluded.

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