Earlier this season, in our first encounter at Stamford Bridge, a defensive error proved costly for Chelsea. Rodrigo’s header put Valencia in the lead in minute 74, and with Chelsea missing a penalty, they would hold on for a precious win and three of the seven points that currently have them in a three-way tie with Chelsea and Ajax in our Champions League group.
Valencia head coach Albert Celades is anticipating yet another tough match in the second encounter, perhaps even tougher than the last time.
“Chelsea are a super team, one of the best in Europe at the moment. They were on very good form, winning against everyone, and they lost to [Manchester] City the other day despite playing very well.
“We will see how things will play out. However, we will have to play quite well to win.”
Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta already said that we need to treat this game as a final. The sentiment is echoed by Celades, as Valencia are highly motivated to return to the Champions League’s knockout rounds for the first time in six years.
“Tomorrow we have a match that no one wants to miss. We do not miss any extra motivation. When you go out on the street, everyone reminds you [of the game].”
Continuing his praises, Celades also had time to compliment Frank Lampard, who, like himself, doesn’t exactly have a wealth of top-flight management experience just yet.
“[Frank Lampard] was a great player, and he began his career as a manager at Derby County at a good level. This season [he has coached] at a high level, he has a great team, with great players... it will be a difficult match.”
-Albert Celades; source: AS
Should be a good one!