Pizzi targeting the top

Valencia Coach Juan Pizzi says his side will be aiming to compete with Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid next season.

Los Che have had a season riddled with inconsistency and yesterday’s 2-1 win over Celta Vigo, their final match of the campaign, was only enough to see them finish eighth in the La Liga table.

Nevertheless, the tactician said there is no chance his team won’t do better next term and, in the wake of Singapore billionaire Peter Lim’s takeover of the club, he is setting his sights high.

“The players have taken the news about Lim’s arrival well,” Pizzi said at a Press conference. “I think the majority of them are pleased with the decision.

“There is no chance that we will not improve next season from what we have done this season. But the margins are very small and the target for next season will be to make a great start and try to compete with the Big Three of Spanish football.

“In order to do that, we have to have a lot of belief we can achieve it.”

Valencia’s win yesterday was enough for them to overtake and finish the season ahead of local rivals Levante.

“We don’t really care about what Levante do,” said Pizzi. “I am among those who do not attach a great deal of importance to it, even though Levante do.

“But they will have to wait another year in order to overtake us, though they have had a good season this year.”

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