‘Zenit ready for Alcacer or Negredo’

Andre Villas-Boas isn’t sure if Valencia will start with Paco Alcacer or Alvaro Negredo but says his Zenit St Petersburg side are ready for either.

Villas-Boas, who has already announced he is to leave the Russians at the end of the season and said his future isn’t tied to the club’s Champions League campaign, reflected on his past experience of opposite number Nuno Santo.

“I don’t know how he works in training. I know he has been successful in Portugal and Spain. I think we have things in common – wanting to have the ball in space, playing direct and aggressive football,” he considered, AS reports.

“I remember Nuno, from when I was assistant to Jose Mourinho, as a sincere and friendly man. I’m pleased he’s been successful as a Coach and a person.

“Negredo or Alcacer? They’re different but both used to their team. Negredo is great in the air to take advantage of Jose Gaya’s crosses. Alcacer is versatile and mobile. I don’t know who Nuno will pick but we’re ready for one or the other.

“Valencia’s best weapons? Counter-attacks, speed, the good form of Gaya, the diagonals Sofiane Feghouli played against Monaco, Dani Parejo dominating the game…I love Javi Fuego, he can play and organise as a No 6.

“They don’t have a lot of stars and work as a team in defence and attack. They had great results last year.

“I’d rather not pick out individuals who can decide the game. Any player can in the moment. We’re ready for everything. The excitement of the Champions League gives us an extra dose of strength.”

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