Flores: Home advantage crucial
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Quique Sanchez Flores is confident Valencia will have the edge against Chelsea.
Valencia coach Quique Sanchez Flores is confident his side have the edge going into their UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea.
The draw for the last eight pitted Valencia against the highly fancied Premiership champions, but Flores believes the fact that his side will play the second leg at home could be crucial.
"It will be a difficult tie but, next to Liverpool, they are the opponents most similar to us," he told the club's official website.
"The best news is that we are playing away (in the first leg), which was a priority for us before the draw. That can be important, and even decisive.
"We do not use tags such as favourites, the important thing is to have concentration and to work like we have done in the previous rounds."
Sporting director Amedeo Carboni was proud that Valencia had survived longer in the competition than any other Spanish club.
He told Sky Sports News: "It's the first time Valencia are the only Spanish team in the quarter-final.
"I am very happy about this. We have many possibilities to reach the final."
Full-back Asier del Horno, who left Stemford Bridge for Valencia last summer, is looking to use his inside knowledge of Chelsea to plot their downfall.
"It will be great to return and see the people there, but this is a quarter-final and I have to put that to one side and make the most of what I know about the team," he explained.
"They were a team to avoid, but it is in our favour that we play the second leg in the Mestalla.
"They will be favourites so we will be out of the limelight.
"If we remain humble we have a chance to spring a surprise."