Carlo Ancelotti has urged Real Madrid to familiarise themselves with the ‘dangers’ posed by Valencia ahead of tomorrow’s La Liga encounter at Mestalla.
Los Che have mounted an assault on the Champions League places this season, with Peter Lim’s takeover improving the club’s fortunes both on and off the pitch, and the Italian consequently praised the ambition of his side’s next opponents.
“Valencia did very well in the first half [of the season]. They’ve changed their style compared to last year,” he said at a Press conference earlier today.
“They’re stronger and more dangerous than last year. The match will be very difficult.
“Valencia have proved to be a dangerous team who have a strong defensive line, especially with the arrival of Otamendi, and dangerous players going forward like Negredo.
“Clearly players like Fernando Torres and Enzo Perez arriving is a good thing [for La Liga], but I think that styles [not signings] change teams.
“I said [what I said about Jese after the defeat to Valencia last season] because we lacked a quality player like him who did very well when he played.
“Now he’s fully recovered. To think that he’s gone 10 months without playing means he still must find his feet. He’s not afraid and wants [to play]. He’ll be useful this season.”