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Proud Emery looks to last 16

24 November 2011 05:13

Unai Emery was proud of his Valencia players after a 7-0 thrashing of Genk boosted their hopes of Champions League progression.

Valencia had been held to a surprising 0-0 draw at Genk on matchday one, but a hat-trick from Roberto Soldado helped the La Liga club run out emphatic winners in Wednesday's return fixture at the Mestalla.

Victory sees Valencia stay third in the group, but they are now level on points with Chelsea, and hold a superior goal difference to the second-placed side, with the two teams set to meet on the final matchday.

"After the 1-1 draw at their ground we had a lot of respect for them," Emery said of his team's Belgian opponents.

"We played to our highest level from the very start. We had a lot of rhythm ... a lot of intensity."

"And more than to win we knew we had to score a lot of goals to give us a goal difference advantage."

"And so we really had to impress upon the players with the idea that in those 90 minutes we had to win but also to score the maximum goals we could, which is what we have done."

"So I suppose you could look at this game and see it as one which gave us a huge superiority."

"But at the same time in that game in Belgium, Genk played a super game and we were unable to beat them."

Valencia go to Stamford Bridge on December 6 knowing a second draw against Chelsea would leave the teams unable to be separated on head-to-head results.

Valencia would then progress to the round of 16 courtesy of their superior goal difference.

But Emery claims to be targeting all three points against the English Premier League club, as Valencia aim to beat group leaders Bayer Leverkusen to first place.

"We played a complete game and now we are left with one last chance against Chelsea in our final encounter," Emery said.

"If we win, we will qualify."

"Bayer Leverkusen have demonstrated on many occasions that they are strong rivals and they've now taken advantage."

Genk coach Mario Been conceded his team had been totally outclassed by Valencia.

"I said to the players in the dressing room that this is a level too high for us," Been said.

"Whenever we lost the ball, anywhere on the pitch, we left everything open for them and gave away too much space. They punished us without showing any mercy."

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7 - 0

Genk

L D W W L
Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
23 November 2011
Game week
5
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
4 - 0
Full-time
7 - 0
Venue
Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Attendance
35086

Goals

Jonas 10'
(assist by A. Costa) 
1 - 0
Soldado 13'
(assist by Jonas) 
2 - 0
Soldado 36'
(assist by Jonas) 
3 - 0
Soldado 39'
(assist by Pablo Hernández) 
4 - 0
Pablo Hernández 68'
(assist by Jonas) 
5 - 0
Aduriz 70'  
6 - 0
A. Costa 81'  
7 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
23
22
4
18 16'
5
24 81'
8
19 68'
9 13' 36' 39' 64'
7 10'
Coach: Unai Emery

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21
14
11 70'
6
13
17
12
# Player Bookings
23
35
27
1
16
21
48

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