Lille Coach Rudi Garcia considers tomorrow night's Champions League opponents Valencia a 'grandee' of Spanish football.
Garcia, who led LOSC to the French title in 2011, was speaking at a press conference ahead of the crucial showdown between the two teams yet to register a point in Group F.
“I am aware that Valencia is a grandee of Spain, and the challenge is very complicated,” the 48-year-old, whose father was a Spanish footballer, stated.
“We need to score at Mestalla because we lost our home game on matchday one and we have to get something positive.
“We must be efficient and determined. We have been conceding too many goals but every game is its own story. We have to increase our offensive power and reduce the number of mistakes.
“Roberto Soldado is a great striker, but we can't focus only on him because Valencia have very good players.”
Garcia was accompanied by fullback Mathieu Debuchy, who was linked with several big clubs after his impressive performance for France against Spain at Euro 2012.
“We have not come with an inferiority complex,” Debuchy said. “It's true that this summer I was going to leave the team, I wasn't right mentally, but now I am 100 per cent, thinking only of the club.”
Lille lost 2-0 to Rennes last weekend and are currently 15th in Ligue 1.