Madrid - Valencia's 1-0 victory at Olympique Lyonnais in
Champions League Group H on Tuesday revived their campaign after a defeat on
the opening matchday but coach Nuno is aware they still have work to do to win
over some disgruntled fans.
Back in Europe's elite club competition after a two-year
absence, Valencia are second in the section on three points from two games,
three behind leaders Zenit St Petersburg, who beat them 3-2 at the Mestalla two
Nuno and the players have been subjected to some sustained
whistling during a series of below-par performances in La Liga and they are
eighth after managing only two wins in six outings in Spain's top flight this
They face a difficult trip to play Athletic Bilbao on Sunday
and Nuno said that while the team should be proud of their achievement in Lyon
there was plenty of room for improvement.
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"We are not euphoric and we have to focus now on our
next match in the (domestic) league," he told a news conference.
"But we can be happy and proud of the work we are
doing," added the Portuguese, whose credentials have been questioned
following the team's stuttering start.
"The main thing is that we all believe we are doing
things well. We have to show belief and work a great deal so that we can
achieve success in the future."
After the match in Bilbao, Valencia have a couple of weeks
to regroup during the international break before they host Malaga on Oct. 17.
The following week they host Ghent in the Champions League
before a crunch La Liga clash at Atletico Madrid on Oct. 25.
Valencia were runners-up in Europe's elite club competition
in 2000 and 2001 but financial problems over the following decade forced them
to sell many of their best players and they have struggled to compete for
However, last year's takeover of the club by Singapore
billionaire Peter Lim has raised hopes they can return to the top in both Spain
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