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Marcelino: I always believe my team are favourites

Marcelino: I always believe my team are favourites

Valencia boss Marcelino has said he always believes his side are favourites ahead of their Champions League game with Young Boys.

After earning a point against Manchester United on the opening day of the Champions League group stages, Valencia failed to push on in their second game against Juventus, losing to the Italian side.

Indifferent form domestically sees them looking to improve on all fronts and they must secure all three points against Gerardo Seoane’s side.

The Swiss side have a commanding 10 point lead at the top of their league, losing just one of their opening 11 games, however, their form in the last three in all competitions has been poor – losing to Juventus and Luzern, before a 3-3 draw with FC Zurich at the weekend.

“I always believe my team are favourites, and this is no different,” Marcelino told reporters. “We know this is a game we must win but we are aware this will not be easy and we must make sure we stay alive in the group.

“Victories will come, we are confident of this. We are playing games like this because of the hard work of the players last year so we must take advantage of this scenario.

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“Every match at this level is extremely different, we are playing teams who are used to winning and who play at a highly competitive level. We know we have not been winning enough and not scoring enough but we are not anxious, and I have not spoken about this.

“We must recover our form from last season but we are confident of this.”

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Valencia are all but at full strength for the visit to Young Boys, with Denis Cheryshev and Goncalo Guedes the only injury concerns.

David Von Ballmoos was forced off after 20 minutes in the 3-3 draw with FC Zuerich and he could miss out here, with Marco Wolfli in line to start between the sticks, whilst Pedro Teixeira, Jordan Lotomba and Gregory Wuthrich will all be assessed ahead of the game.

Expected XI’s

Young Boys: Wolfli, Mbabu, Bergen, Camara, Benito, Sanogo, Sow, Sulejmani, Fassnacht, Assale, Hoarau.

Valencia: Neto, Piccini, Paulista, Garay, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Wass, Rodrigo, Batshuayi.