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Emery focused on Europa mission

23 April 2012 11:57

Valencia boss Unai Emery has turned his attention to a difficult Europa League clash against Atletico Madrid.

Goals from Jonas, Sofiane Feghouli, Roberto Soldado and Pablo Piatti saw Valencia to a comfortable 4-0 win over Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.

But with his team trailing 4-2 in their Europa League semi-final tie against Atletico, Emery said a remarkable second-leg turnaround was 'difficult', but not impossible.

"We come from a bad result in Europa League but in the first leg we had the boost of a late goal," he said after the win over Betis.

"That goal gets us nearer to the title. It is a competition we dream of winning. The Europa League is a competition where our hopes are.

"We had no soul at (Vicente) Calderon, but we must have faith for the second leg. Today's victory against Betis gives us hope.

"The crowd were great tonight, I am happy with our game and on Thursday we must keep all the positives from tonight's game to turn the situation around.

"The difficulty of the task will make us work harder."

Valencia welcome Atletico Madrid to Estadio Mestalla on Thursday.

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
26 April 2012
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
On aggregate
2 - 5
Venue
Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Attendance
35000

Goals

0 - 1
60' Adrián
 (assist by Diego)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
20
12
4
17 79'
6
8
21
9 79'
7
16
Coach: Unai Emery
# Player Bookings
13 36'
23
20
6
2
5 79'
22
4
11
7 60'
9
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11 86'
22
24
3
13
14
18
# Player Bookings
14
8
19
18
21
25
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