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VALENCIA captain David Albelda reckons they'll face the best Rangers team in YEARS on Tuesday night.

Albelda is a veteran of home and away Champions League victories over Gers 11 seasons ago.

But the midfielder will take nothing for granted when the SPL champions travel to the Mestalla this week.

And he believes Walter Smith has instilled a real will-to-win in Valencia's Group C opponents. Albelda said: "We learned a lot about Rangers in the 1-1 draw in Glasgow a couple of weeks ago.

"Some people in Spain believed they would be easy rivals.

"But we knew from the opening moments that wasn't going to be the case.

"Yes, it will be a different game in the Mestella because Rangers will be more defensive and try to hit us on the counter-attack.

"But this Rangers team is superior to any other Rangers team in years - both in terms of results and the character of the team.

"We expect another tough game and we know it's a game we must win.

"We don't want to go into the last two games in the group still behind Rangers and outside the qualification places.

"This is a key match for us and we can't afford to fail.

"It is necessary for us to use our heads and avoid risks in the defence. Yes, we are obliged to attack and search for a goal, but we must do it without madness.

"I am totally convinced that if Valencia open the scoring we can control the game.

"The atmosphere is guaranteed in the Mestalla because the fans see this match as very important for the club."

Meanwhile, Ever Banega has cursed Valencia's luck in landing two British clubs in Group C.

The Argentine midfielder said: "We knew it would be difficult when we were drawn against Rangers and Manchester United.

"British teams always cause us problems. We have lost at home to United and now we must beat Rangers.

"The game in Scotland didn't go the way we wanted, so we have to make sure this one does."

Valencia host Real Zaragoza tonight after slumping to fourth in La Liga with last weekend's shock 2-1 home defeat to Mallorca.

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He's giving a fair assessment of the situation...you can't argue with what he says.

They obviously are going to go at us from the opening whistle so we need to play even better than we did against them at Ibrox, if that is even possible.

We have no pressure on us...they have a massive amount.

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Albelda :praise:

Mallorcas defeat of Valencia wasnt that much of a surprise, they have taken points off Barca and Real already this season but given Valencias start I can see why its being said to be a shock, nonetheless, given the way we have played so far in the champions league season, we should be hoping to get a draw at the very least as it keeps us above Valencia but a win would put us in a far better position and if we get a bit of luck and defend well, it is not completely out of our grasp.

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