Valverde ready for first Valencia game in charge

New Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde will be in charge for tonight's Champions League clash with Lille.

New Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde will be in charge for tonight's Champions League clash with Lille.

The 48-year-old immediately set his sights on qualifying for the Champions League again but finds himself in an unusual position.

He told valenciacf.com: "This is the first time that I've taken charge of a team in the middle of the season. It is definitely not going to be an easy task and never is when a manager joins a team under these circumstances.

"I don't want people to take me saying that there is a problem as an attack on anyone. I think that would be showing a lack of respect to the previous manager and I don't want to do that. I respect him immensely.

"There is a good squad here, capable of doing good things. I will try to transmit the idea of Valencia that I have to the players and the possibilities that they have.

"Our aim is to get into the Champions League and that continues to be so."

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