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Banega expects Valencia trophy challenge

Valencia midfielder Ever Banega believes the side are capable of challenging for trophies this season.

Banega was a regular fixture in the team that missed out on a UEFA Champions League spot by a solitary point last season, eventually finishing fifth in La Liga.

But the Argentinian is confident the club are moving in the right direction, and envisages Valencia being one of the contenders for the Copa del Rey this campaign, as well as mounting a fresh challenge on the top four.

“With the squad we have this year, we deserve a title,” Banega told the club’s official webiste.

“The Copa del Rey and Champions League (qualification) are closer. We must be united, and all pull together.”

After failing to achieve a position among Europe’s premier competition, Ernesto Valverde resigned his position as coach.

That led to former Valencia midfielder Miroslav Dukic taking the reigns, and the 25-year-old Banega feels his previous role at Vallodolid will stand him in good stead for his new position.

“We have seen how it was to play a team like Vallodolid.

“Here in Valencia (he) has many players with great quality and he will not have any problem in the way that he wants to play.”

Fri 19 July, 2013
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