Pizzi: Ludogorets will be hard

Juan Antonio Pizzi expects Valencia to be in for a difficult time in their next Europa League tie against Ludogorets.

Valencia drew 0-0 with Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, going through to the last 16 by virtue of a 2-0 win in the away leg, played in Cyprus rather than Kiev due to the political unrest and violence in the Ukrainian capital.

“It was a difficult match,” Pizzi told his post-match Press conference.

“Having the lead from the first match made it worse.

“We had more injuries, more pressure and were more tired against a very good team, with good players who had a lot of time to prepare for this match.”

Pizzi added that he doesn’t know much about Ludogorets but reckons Los Che will have a tough match.

“They play in Sofia, which isn’t their city but people come a long way to see them,” Pizzi said.

“They deserve to be in this round whether we know anything about them or not.

“They beat an Italian team [Lazio], which is always significant. They will be highly motivated and ambitious.”

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