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Valencia are under more pressure to win Wednesday night’s clash at the Metalla Stadium because, while Chelsea’s last game is against Lille, Valencia will face Ajax in their last group game away at the Johan Cruyff ArenA.
However, Valencia boss Albert Celades has dismissed every notion that this game is a do or die fixture and insists that his side has what it takes to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to try and reach the next round. But even if we don’t win we’ll still have a good chance,” Celades told reporters.
“But we will go out to win the game first of all and then see what happens next. We are a big club and we have to have that type of mentality.”
Valencia are 10th in La Liga and have not reached the knockout stages of Europe’s top competition since the 2012/13 season.
A victory for either side will earn them a place in the last 16, while defeat for either side could see the losing side drop to the Europa League. A draw will be more favourable for Chelsea than Valencia nevertheless the Spanish side travel away to face Ajax in their last group game, but the Blues host Lille in our last group game.