Fernandes not expecting bore draw
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Valencia midfielder Manuel Fernandes insists neither his team nor Rangers will play for a draw in tomorrow's UEFA Champions League tie at Ibrox despite their reputations as counter-attacking teams.

Walter Smith led Rangers to the UEFA Cup final in 2008 by playing a 4-5-1 formation and a defensive style that did not vary at home or away. He deployed an even more cautious approach at Old Trafford in the first match of this season's competition and was rewarded with a goalless draw as his 5-4-1 formation stifled Manchester United.

Kenny Miller started up front on his own again as Rangers beat Bursaspor 1-0 at Ibrox but Smith may come up against similar tactics from Valencia coach Unai Emery. Roberto Soldado is likely to start up front as a lone central striker but Ibrox coach Ian Durrant has described Valencia as the best counter-attacking team in Europe.

If we draw, then it's not bad because we have a game at home against them. But we need to go there thinking about winning because we respect them.
Manuel Fernandes, Valencia midfielder

A tactical battle awaits the Ibrox fans but Fernandes expects Rangers to come out of their shell following their encouraging start to their Group C charge.

"I don't think Rangers will play like they did in Manchester," the former Everton player said. "There they wanted a draw but now they are at home and will want to win. It's not easy to go to Old Trafford and get a point so we must have respect for them and we will have respect."

Valencia lost 1-0 at home to United in their previous encounter but they won 4-0 in Turkey in their opening contest with the help of some stunning goals.

And Fernandes has promised a winning mentality from his team, who were deposed from the top of La Liga at the weekend after a 2-1 defeat at Barcelona. "We will need to go there to get three points because three points is what we need," the Portuguese international said.

"If we don't go there thinking about winning, we are going to lose. If we go there thinking abut drawing, we are going to lose for sure. We need to go there for a win. If we draw, then it's not bad because we have a game at home against them. But we need to go there thinking about winning because we respect them."