Valencia’s Roberto Soldado says his side will not be taking BATE Borisov lightly when they face other in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s team are currently second in Group F with three points from their opening two games, and Soldado believes Valencia must respect their less glamorous opponents after the Belarusian outfit beat group favourites Bayern Munich in their last outing to sit top of the table.
“We have great respect for BATE. They are a team that knows exactly what tactics work well for them, as we saw against Bayern,” he said.
“We want the three points and to match them in the group so that we gave ourselves more opportunities to qualify for the next round.
“The win over Lille gave us life in the competition. Beating BATE would be a big step towards qualification.”
Some have asked whether the 2001 Champions League finalists will be ready for the match in eastern Europe after they scored two late goals to beat Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, but Soldado believes that result will be a boost ahead of Tuesday’s encounter.
“Morale is high in the squad after the Athletic Bilbao match, especially because we had to work tirelessly the whole 90 minutes,” he said.
“The players never gave up and worked as a team. This meant that we won the match and we must carry that attitude into the next game.”