Valencia 3- Salzburg 0
A collective sigh of relief was heard emanating from the Mestalla last night as Valencia fans finally had something to celebrate. Last night’s victory sends the club through to the Champions league proper after a years absence and is a welcome relief from the infighting and bickering along with the endless frustrations in the transfer market that have characterised the last few weeks.
Quique Sanchez Flores said “Valencia are back where they belong, in the Champions League”
A Valencia team without Ayala somehow doesn’t look quite right but as the bitter row between player and club simmers on the new strike partnership of Morientes and Villa gave the fans plenty to cheer about. Villa in particular sparkled throughout and his goal and assist are a sign that last seasons top scorer looks set to carry on as before.
Salzburg appeared to be doomed from the start and threatened little after Trapattoni elected to leave Jezez on the bench, his most dangerous player in the first leg.
The additional revenue that entry into Europe’s elite 32 team competition will bring should ensure that Valencia’s search for a winger finally comes to fruition after the club’s attempt to bring Simao, Cristiano Ronaldo and Joaquin seem to have stalled. Nothing talks quite like money does and the lure of the Champions league can be remarkably persuasive.
Osasuna 1- Hamburg 1
The dream of Champions league football comes to an end for Osasuna after a disappointing draw with Hamburg that sees the German side qualify thanks to their away goal in Pamplona last night.
There is much to be optimistic about for Cuco Ziganda’s side and the club can still look forward to European competition, albeit in the form of the less prestigious UEFA cup. However, Osasuna, will need to cope with some important player departures as well as hold on to Delporte who is being linked with his old boss at Atletico if they are going to repeat the feats of last season in La Liga.