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Alves optimistic in European outlook

Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves has insisted his side can still qualify for the Champions League knockout stages despite their slow start.

Disappointing results against Bayer Leverkusen and Belgian minnows Genk have contributed to the poor opening which has seen them claim two points in three games, but Alves – who made a string of saves to rescue a point against Chelsea on matchday two – announced that he still felt qualification was possible at a press conference.

“If we win (against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday), we still have options”, the 26-year-old said.

“We must do our best with the fans’ support so that we can get a win together.”

Meanwhile, Alves has been called up by Brazil coach Mano Menezes, and the former Almeria stopper said he was thrilled at the prospect of representing his nation.

“Things have gone well for me because of the way I have worked. That is why I have been called up. I’m happy to receive the call – it gives me strength,” Alves said.

Following Valencia’s 3-1 over Getafe on Saturday, Unai Emery’s side sit in fourth place in La Liga, just four points behind early-season leaders Real Madrid.

Mon 31 October, 2011
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