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Emery expands Valencia ambitions

Unai Emery wants Valencia CF to win Group C and then get past the last 16 after booking a knockout berth with a 6-1 defeat of Buraspor for which Ertuğrul Sağlam said: "We have to apologise."

Emery expands Valencia ambitions
Emery expands Valencia ambitions ©UEFA.com

Valencia CF coach Unai Emery said his team "is capable of going very far" after sweeping into the UEFA Champions League round of 16 with an emphatic defeat of Buraspor. Ertuğrul Sağlam, whose team are without a Group C point and out of Europe, took personal responsibility for the display.

Unai Emery, Valencia coach
We've managed to achieve victory by quite a large margin and for that I am happy along with both the team and our fans. My team has suffered the odd setback at home in recent times but today we were lucky that our opponents failed to find the net until late in the game.

We've completed the task of getting through to the next phase and now we want to finish first in the group. We have a great opportunity to do that when we next take on a team [United] that managed to beat us here at home. Looking at that next round, we'll be looking to perform with all of our intensity in order to make it to the quarter-finals. This team is capable of going very far in the three competitions we are currently competing in.

Ertuğrul Sağlam, Bursaspor coach
There's not much to say about this heavy defeat. Valencia played very well and gained a deserved victory. We are very upset that our fans witnessed such a poor display from us and we have to apologise for it. Neither the president nor the players should feel guilty about this loss. If there's a price to pay, I have to be the one. In the shortest time possible, I'll do whatever is required. I want to underline again, I am the sole person responsible for the defeat.

We have important games ahead of us and we need to bounce back quickly. By increasing our motivation to the highest possible point, we need to prepare ourselves for the crucial games against Kayserispor and Beşiktaş JK. Because those matches will be the key to staying close to the summit of the Super League.