Pellegrino on perils of BATE loss

Maurico Pellegrino admits failure to win against BATE Borisov tomorrow would leave Valencia in a 'rather complicated situation.'

Los Che are top of Champions League Group F, level on points with Bayern Munich and BATE, ahead of their return fixture with the Belarussians, who they defeated 3-0 away a fortnight ago.

“It's an important game, as the group is very open,” Pellegrino stated at his Press conference today. “If we win it would be a strong step going into the last two games, but if we don't, it would become a rather complicated situation.

“BATE are good away from home, comfortable waiting on the opponent's mistakes, its one of their main weapons.”

Valencia have been inconsistent during the Argentine's debut season in charge but he is confident they have found their groove with Saturday's defeat of Atletico Madrid.

“In the last five games we have won four. The start has been patchy but we are now finding our regularity. We want to improve.”

Striker Roberto Soldado has attended the funeral of his grandfather, who passed away on Sunday, but should still feature at Mestalla.

“We'll see how he is. We are all with him and his family. In the morning we'll assess how he is, and if he's okay, we'll select the best eleven.”

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