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Dutt: Leverkusen can still qualify

2 November 2011 09:41

Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt remains hopeful of reaching the Champions League knockout stages despite a 3-1 defeat to Valencia.

Leverkusen conceded just 10.5 seconds after the kick-off in Tuesday's match against Valencia.

Stefan Kiessling levelled for the visitors on 31 minutes, but second-half goals from Roberto Soldado and Adil Rami consigned the Bundesliga side to defeat at Estadio Mestalla.

Although Leverkusen were ultimately unable to take anything from the match, Dutt was nevertheless satisfied with his players efforts.

"I obviously can't be happy about the result especially after conceding a goal after 10 seconds," Dutt said.

"That could have been avoided by clearing the ball instead of passing it back."

"From there, the team had a positive reaction and were able to find a way back into the tie."

"We expected the fans in the Mestalla to turn on their team if they didn't perform up to par as I said in the pre-match press conference, but we couldn't take advantage of this situation."

Leverkusen remain second in Group E, two points behind leaders Chelsea and one ahead of Valencia.

They welcome Chelsea to the BayArena on November 23, before a visit to Genk for the final group-stage fixture on December 6.

And Butt believes his side still have what it takes to hold off a Spanish charge and book their place in the last 16.

"I think that we have very good chances of qualifying to the next round," he said.

"We still have to play against Chelsea and they will obviously be a very difficult challenge."

"And we also can't underestimate Genk, who have drawn against Chelsea tonight - we're the only team that have been able to beat them."

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