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Emery's Valencia chase top spot against Bursaspor

Valencia CF could go through from Group C with the right result against Bursaspor but coach Unai Emery's sole focus is taking first place in the section from Manchester United FC.

Emery's Valencia chase top spot against Bursaspor
Emery's Valencia chase top spot against Bursaspor ©UEFA.com

Valencia CF will be through from UEFA Champions League Group C should they pick up more points at home to Bursaspor than Rangers FC do against Manchester United FC, but coach Unai Emery has set his sights not just on qualification but on first place. Eliminated Bursaspor need to make up a five-point deficit on Rangers to earn a UEFA Europa League spot – a lifeline which coach Ertuğrul Sağlam is determined to grab.

Unai Emery, Valencia coach
This match is important enough to demand that we leave an awful lot of ourselves on that pitch. We have huge respect for Bursaspor. They have great players and we expect the toughest possible match from them. But we have a clear goal – to win the group – and to achieve that we have to win tomorrow and then at Manchester United. We try to win every game, and we really want to win our group as well.

Every match is an opportunity to impress and tomorrow, at our stadium, especially so. We have to give everything in front of our fans and the players know this. We're not going to change our style [for Bursaspor] – we have a way of playing that suits us – and whatever system we use, our style remains the same.

Ertuğrul Sağlam, Bursaspor coach
Valencia are a classy team, but we have worked hard on winning this match. As long as there is a chance to keep playing in Europe, we are going to keep fighting. Since the first game against Valencia [a 4-0 home defeat], we have worked hard and improved. We will try to stop their attacks and make the most of our chances.

We're not used to playing so many games in a row, so there will be some squad rotation to avoid injuries. Many teams at this stage are struggling with injuries, whereas we all trained yesterday and all my players are available. Unai Emery wants his side to finish top, but there are still no guarantees about that. Valencia could win in Manchester [on Matchday 6], just as we can win against Valencia. In these games and this competition, anything can happen.

Team news
David Navarro and Miguel miss out after suffering thigh strains during Saturday's draw with Villarreal CF and Jérémy Mathieu is absent with a calf injury. Jordi Alba (tonsillitis) and  Manuel Fernandes (bruised hip) sat out the Villarreal match, while Juan Mata (right knee) was also unavailable. César Sánchez (torn calf) has not played since 8 November.

Sercan Yıldırım (calf) did not feature in the 2-0 win at Manisaspor on Saturday. Ali Tandoğan is back in light training having sustained a head injury against Antalyaspor at the start of the month which required surgery.

Weekend results
20/11/10 Villarreal CF 1-1 Valencia
(Rossi 73; Aduriz 21)
Valencia have four fewer points, and have lost two more games, than at the same stage last season.

20/11/10 Manisaspor 0–2 Bursaspor
(Ömer Aysan 40 og, Batalla 44)
Bursaspor's joint-top scorer last term, Pablo Batalla struck his first goal of the campaign as the Crocs extended their unbeaten away league record to ten matches.

Did you know?
Bursaspor have still not scored an away goal in a major UEFA competition after six attempts, including their UEFA Cup Winners' Cup campaigns of 1974/75 and 1986/87, and the Group C visits to Rangers and Manchester United each brought 1-0 defeats.

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