Soler predicts Chelsea exit
By Steve Bramley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Valencia president Juan Soler says his side can reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Valencia president Juan Soler believes his side have every chance of making it through to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
The Spanish side visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for their quarter-final first-leg tie without seven of their first-team squad due to injury and bans.
Striker Fernando Morientes (pictured) damaged his shoulder while on duty with Spain last week and he joins fellow internationals Ruben Baraja, Edu and Mario Regueiro on the sidelines.
Jaime Gavilan is also absent through injury, while defenders Carlos Marchena and David Navarro are banned.
But despite the absences, Soler is confident Valencia will overcome the English champions.
"We are in a good moment despite the injuries and we are looking forward to meeting Chelsea. We are used to watching them on television and these two games are a sign of where we are," explained Soler.
"We have high hopes and a great desire to get through this tie."
Despite the loss of Morientes, Soler feels in David Villa and wing duo Vicente and Joaquin, Valencia have an attacking trio capable of unlocking any defence.
"It is difficult with the two teams very evenly-matched, either of the two can get through," he added.
"We have Vicente, Villa and Joaquin which is the best trident in Europe in my opinion, they are players who in form could cause damage to any team."
Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares is also adamant his side can upset Chelsea.
"In the Champions League Valencia has demonstrated that we are able to defeat any rival," he said.
"The absence of Morientes is a blow for us but I'm convinced our attack will create problems for the Blues."