Valencia want to win over Mestalla

Valencia defender Antonio Barragan says Champions League qualification remains Los Che’s target despite their troubles.

Ernesto Valverde’s men are down to 11th in the standings after the weekend’s 1-0 loss at home to Rayo Vallecano.

“The goal remains the Champions League and we will fight for it all season, even if it is a long climb up the standings,” said the former Liverpool employee in a meeting with members of the media.

“We understand the situation we are in. We have not been getting the results we should have but we have been trying our best.”

Barragan reiterated teammate Roberto Soldado’s suggestion that President Manuel Llorente isn’t to blame , despite fan protests to the contrary.

“The culprit is not the President. We are the players and we have to try and get three points and normalise things a bit.”

Valencia face Getafe on Friday night at Mestalla.

“We know the circumstances of the team, we have not had easy games at Mestalla,” the 25-year-old added. “We want to arrive on Friday, play a good game, get three points and move towards where Valencia deserve to be.

“Are we uncomfortable? It is the opponent who should feel uncomfortable at Mestalla.”

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