Vicente wary of Blues threat
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Vicente has admitted to <EM>skysports.com</EM> that Chelsea are a team to be feared.
Valencia star Vicente has admitted to skysports.com that his team-mates must be wary of a Chelsea team he considers to be amongst the 'kings' of European competition.
The two sides face off at Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night, live on Sky Sports 2, as The Blues attempt to secure a result which will give them one foot in the final four of Europe's premier competition.
Jose Mourinho's side are currently in an unfamiliar position in the league as they trail Manchester United by six points, but Vicente insists the Spanish side will not be lulled into a false sense of security as a result.
The Spanish international believes Jose Mourinho's side must be considered one of the favourites for the European Cup this season and that their midfield ranks amongst the very best in the world.
"Chelsea is not the same super-team of the last few years but really today is still one of the kings of European football," Vicente told skysports.com.
"If in the Premier League they are not playing very well, in Europe things change and the club always work to their maximum.
"People speak a lot about the Blues attack but for me, their midfield line is key.
"Men like [Frank] Lampard, [Claude] Makelele, [Michael] Essien or [Michael] Ballack are superstars worldwide.
"Against those types of teams the matches are very intense throughout the 90 minutes."
The Che have an impressive track record against English teams in recent seasons, with their most memorable success coming against Leeds United in the 2000/2001 semi-final.
Valencia have also beaten Liverpool and Arsenal in a series of seven games unbeaten against English clubs, and Vicente is hoping to extend their productive run of form at Stamford Bridge.
"Valencia is a club with luck against the English teams and now we need to continue the run, although Chelsea is perhaps the most dangerous team in recent times," Vicente added.
"The key to the match is to overcome the initial pressure from the Blues, like in Milan against Inter we need to be calm and play with our heads.
"Our absentees in defence and attack are important but in this moment the team needs to demonstrate that we are ready for the big challenges.
"Valencia dream to secure a score in London that will enable us to be decisive in the Mestalla.
"With this objective we go to London."