Valencia expect a very difficult tie against Celtic

Valencia forward Kevin Gameiro has said that the Spanish side expects a tough tie against Celtic in the last 32 of the Europa League after today’s draw.

Speaking to Valencia’s official media channel, the 31-year-old said: “It’s going to be a good game, at a great ground with very passionate fans.

“I think it’s going to be difficult because the Europa League isn’t an easy competition. You have to fight, compete and win the games.

“It’s much better to play at a ground [Celtic Park] like that, with a lot of atmosphere against great opponents.

“This competition is very difficult. We could have been drawn against a slightly less strong side, but every game is difficult. It’s a good game to play in, and we’re going to experience their ground as well. It’s seen many things.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 26: Kevin Gameiro of Valencia CF conducts the ball during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Valencia CF at RCDE Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Gameiro highlighted the key to winning the tie was to score in the first leg in Glasgow and secure the all-important away goals.

He added: “For me, it’s better to play the second leg at home. In the first leg scoring goals will be the most important thing. Afterwards, there’s the second game at home and we know that away goals are very important.

“We are going to fight. There are some very nice games ahead and sometimes it seems that you’re up against a less strong side, but you know it will be tough because it’s very long – which tires you.”

Valencia CF director general Mateu Alemany, speaking to the press following Monday’s draw, believes his team faces a ‘complicated tie’ against the Scottish champions.

Alemany said: “We will face an historic club. They have a spectacular fanbase and a legendary stadium. It will be a very difficult tie, but for now let’s focus on Sunday’s game and turning our recent draws into victories.”

“We have deep respect for them due to the teams they have overcome in Europe this season. We are facing a very complicated tie.”