Schalke striker Raul, who will be playing a match in Spain for the first time since leaving Real Madrid over the previous summer, says tonight’s Champions League game against Valencia will be a “memorable” one for him.
The 33-year-old, who left Spain last summer after 16 years with Real Madrid, believes Schalke will play with a strong mentality and overcome Valencia.
“This is the first time I’ve been back in Spain since going to play in Germany so for that reason it’s going to be a memorable game for me,” Raul told UEFA.com in a pre-match press conference. “I received a very warm and affectionate welcome here. It was very much appreciated.
“This is going to be a Champions League game in which I really want to feature, against a great team like Valencia with great supporters.
“If you had asked me beforehand perhaps I would not have chosen a Spanish team at this point, especially when you consider that Madrid and Barcelona are among the favourites to win the tournament. Valencia are a very strong side and are currently playing at a very high level. They are third in their championship and full of confidence.
“With the backing of their supporters they will set a high tempo but we are confident we can do some damage. We know how to compete against them. What we need to do on Tuesday night is to go out mentally focused, full of concentration and looking to exploit our strengths while playing as a team.”