Pellegrino won’t play for draw

Valencia boss Mauricio Pellegrino won't settle for a draw against Bayern Munich tomorrow – because he wants to win Group F.

The Germans have been in sensational form domestically and thoroughly outplayed Los Che in the reverse fixture two months ago. However Pellegrino's side are much improved since then and the Argentine is going into the Champions League crunch match at Mestalla with confidence.

“We won't come out to play for a draw because we have the chance to finish first, and that would be fantastic,” he told members of the media tonight.

“We must be compact, defend well and handle our weapons in the right way. We need, above all, not to make the mistakes we made there [in Munich], because we took a step forward when we had our chances.”

The former centre-back was also asked about the injury situation, the importance of the atmosphere at Mestalla, and his team's inconsistency.

“Tomorrow there are several players who can't play, including Fernando Gago, but we have the players to make a competitive team. We have to adapt to the changes because we have suffered in this regard since the start of the season and I don't think tomorrow will be an exception.

“We are very wrapped up at home, very strong, very confident. The accompanying public is a great incentive for us.

“I believe we still have much room for improvement, we have not had all players available for five or six games now. In football, with so much competition, there are many ups and downs. I am aware that we have things to improve, but I think we are on the right track and we are one step away from being in the knock-out phase.”
 

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