Mauricio Pellegrino sees Valencia FC's home tie against FC BATE Borisov as "a great opportunity" while Belarus's champions aim to make their chances count at Mestalla.
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Mauricio Pellegrino wants his Valencia CF side to seize "a great opportunity" as they look for a third successive Group F victory at home to FC BATE Borisov. However, they may have to do without Roberto Soldado, whose hat-trick secured three points in Minsk on matchday three. Those goals derailed BATE's fine start but coach Viktor Goncharenko is sure his team believe they can achieve something in Spain.
Mauricio Pellegrino, coach
We have a very important game because the group is wide open. If we win, it would be a big step towards getting through the group stage. However, if we lose it will be difficult, and if we draw we would have a similar situation again in the following matches. A win would be a very important step.
We have a great opportunity. We hope the supporters will get behind us as they did against Atlético [on Saturday]. I'll take this opportunity to thank them for the great effort they put in at the weekend. Only the best teams play Champions League matches. Our opponents have put in some great away performances and we will certainly have to work hard for the victory. Every week you have to work to improve. We have to handle the occasion and go out for the victory, not sit back and see what happens.
Saturday: Valencia 2-0 Club Atlético de Madrid (Soldado 20, Valdez 90+5)
Alves; Pereira, Rami (Ruiz 64), Ricardo Costa, Cissokho; Feghouli, Gago, Tino Costa, Guardado; Jonas (Banega 82), Soldado (Valdez 89).
• Valencia preserved their unbeaten home record in all competitions this season despite the 90th-minute dismissal of Ricardo Costa.
Soldado left training on Tuesday following a family bereavement, Pellegrino saying: "We all support him and his family at this difficult time. We'll see how he feels tomorrow." Adil Rami was replaced in the second half against Atlético because of back pain yet has been included in the squad, while Pablo Piatti returns having not played since 19 August due to a broken arm. Jérémy Mathieu (Achilles) is still sidelined.
Viktor Goncharenko, coach
I'm not overly concerned about my players. All the ones who have come over here are well enough prepared and motivated to get a victory. We must seize every opportunity that we get and try not to show any weaknesses.
I'm happy with my team but no coach in the world would say no to having a quality player like Roberto Soldado in their squad. One of our goals for this game is to stop Soldado [if he plays]. Every coach has a plan for every game, and we will see what tactics and strategy myself and the Valencia coach adopt during the game, and we will see who wins. The group is very open and we have to think about that. We'll see what happens.
Saturday: FC Naftan Novopolotsk 1-0 BATE (Zyulev 41)
Gorbunov; Polyakov, Radkov, Filipenko, Yurevich; Likhtarovich (Vasilyuk 73), Olekhnovich, Volodko (Rudik 63); Bressan; Rodionov (Baga 63), Mozolevski.
• Bottom side Naftan ended BATE's 17-game unbeaten run away from home in all competitions. Since starting the season in March with back-to-back away defeats, BATE had won 13 and drawn four on their travels.
Goncharenko has taken a 20-man squad to Valencia, with midfielders Aleksandr Pavlov and Filipp Rudik both staying in Belarus due to minor injuries.
BATE have lost all seven encounters with Spanish opponents and have not scored in the last six, conceding 17 goals.