Valencia entertain Roma in the Mestalla with both sides aware that a win tonight will leave either side all but through.
Valencia coach Quique Sánchez Flores thinks another win will leave either side all but through.
“I’ve been poring over the statistics and it’s clear that a large number of teams qualify in second place with nine, eight and even seven points,” he said. “So it’s obvious that with six points by the end of Matchday 2 there is a massive percentage chance of making the knockout round.”
“We’ve seen many Roma performances on tape and although a friendly is totally different from the Champions League there are points for us to keep in mind,” added the coach.
“You have to work hard against Roma, you have to keep up incessant pressure on them and you have to play smart.”
Valencia will be without the suspended Joaquín Sánchez while David Navarro may return to the side after missing Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti will have to contend the absent Taddei and could also be without French defender Philippe Mexes.
“I still have tough choices among the fit players,” said Spalletti
“Totti and Montella do play well together and I’m not concerned about their fitness. All Totti needs to do is keep on playing and training in order to regain his edge and his fitness.”
Santiago Cañizares; Luis Miguel, Roberto Ayala, David Navarro, Emiliano Moretti; Miguel Ángel Angulo, David Albelda, Edu, Jaime Gavilán; Fernando Morientes, David Villa.
Doni; Christian Panucci, Philippe Mexes/Matteo Ferrari, Cristian Chivu, Max Tonetto; Daniele De Rossi, Aleandro Rosi, David Pizarro, Simone Perrotta; Vincenzo Montella, Francesco Totti.