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Pellegrino hails important win

Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino has praised his players for securing a significant victory over Lille in the UEFA Champions League.

Two goals from Jonas sealed a 2-0 win for the Liga outfit Valencia at their Mestalla home, to put them second in Group F and level on points with Bayern Munich.

Pellegrino said he expected the 2010/11 Ligue 1 champions to pose a threat, and was pleased with the manner in which Valencia neutralised the French club.

“I think the team has always known the significance of the match,” he said.

“They have had their opportunities in attack and we knew they were going to play that way – in a dangerous playing style.

“But after the goal the team took control of the game. We have taken the game with the same intensity, with the same idea of trying to score a second goal… I think that after the second goal we controlled the game with ease.

Against expectations, BATE Borisov of Belarus top the group courtesy of a 3-1 win at home to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

And the upset results means the pool is now wide open, giving Valencia every chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

“I think it depends on us, still depends on us, I was surprised for the match win,” he said.

“At first everyone thought we were the weaker team. However, luckily football continues to show us that … truth is on the field, to prove it.

“I saw them (BATE Borisov) against Lille and saw a very organised team who were very strong in attack.

“We will play two very important games against them. I think this opens opportunities because the group is not over after just two games.

“Even Lille still have a chance to progress, but in the end will depend on what we do in the upcoming matches. That game (BATE) will be tough but we must win if we want to advance.”

Wed 3 October, 2012
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