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Sánchez Flores breathes sigh of relief

Published: Tuesday 6 March 2007, 23.50CET
Valencia CF coach Quique Sánchez Flores "can't believe" his side have reached the last eight of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in four seasons.

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ValenciaInternazionale

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
4
Corners5
 
2
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed15
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Tuesday 6 March 2007, 23.50CET

Sánchez Flores breathes sigh of relief

Valencia CF coach Quique Sánchez Flores "can't believe" his side have reached the last eight of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in four seasons.

Coach Quique Sánchez Flores was struggling to believe his Valencia CF side are in the quarter-finals after holding FC Internazionale Milano to a goalless draw in Mestalla to reach the last eight. Roberto Mancini was left counting the cost of conceding first-leg goals to David Silva and David Villa as the Serie A leaders were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on away goals.

Quique Sánchez Flores, Valencia coach
I knew it was going to be a match that wasn't suitable for supporters with a heart condition. My idea was not to counterattack because it would have been a mistake to let Inter near our goal. At the end of the game when Inter pushed forward we made the most of it. I wouldn't highlight any player's individual performance as they all played a great match. It was a very tough game and I still can't believe we're through. Our quarter-final will be very difficult and it won't be easy to be among the top eight.

Roberto Mancini, Inter coach
In the last five minutes, Valencia didn't have many chances. If we had scored at the start of the game we would be talking about a different match. But Inter are out because of the two goals we conceded in the first leg. We didn't make the most of our chances but will carry on working in the league.

Last updated: 07/03/07 0.46CET

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