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Chelsea play host to Valencia tonight in a Champions League fixture at Stamford Bridge, and new Valencia boss Albert Celades believes his side can cause issues for the English club and force a result away from home.
“It will be a big challenge but a fascinating one too. We’re sure they can cause us a lot of problems,” he said.
“We’re going to prepare for the game in the best way possible and try to get a result.”
There seems to be trouble for Chelsea’s Champions League opponents Valencia, as they had a change in manager after the club’s owner, Peter Lim, announced the sacking of Marcelino García Toral just six days before their visit to Stamford Bridge.
Marcelino had a strained relationship with the Valencia owner and did not know about the meeting that will lead to his sack until reports appeared in the media on Wednesday morning last week and the official announcement was made in the afternoon.
Marcelino did a great job as Valencia boss and has been credited with bringing stability back to the club. He led them to a Champions League place last season and to a Copa del Rey final victory over Barcelona in Seville – their first trophy in 11 years.
Marcelino has suggested he was relieved of his duties because he won the Copa Del Rey last season instead of focusing on making the Champions League, which they ironically qualified for anyway.
Valencia were beaten 5-2 by Barcelona over the weekend and their players refused to show up to face the media for the press conference ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash.
Blues boss Frank Lampard chose not to focus on their defeat to Barcelona and revealed that he’s expecting a difficult game.
Lampard said: “I’m expecting a tough match.
“It’s not easy to analyse a game against Barcelona [who Valencia lost to this weekend] as they make it hard for everybody.
“They’re very organised and hard to break down and can be very dangerous on the counter-attack. It will be a good test.”