Emery believes Valencia can qualify
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Valencia coach Unai Emery has faith his side can still reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League despite being held 1-1 at home by Schalke in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Roberto Soldado gave in-form Valencia a flying start to last night's encounter at the Mestalla when he netted 17 minutes in, but Schalke drew level in the second half through former Spain and Real Madrid striker Raul.

That away goal means Schalke hold the slight upper hand going into the return leg, but Emery is staying positive, saying: "It's not the best result, but neither is it the worst.

We're not so upset because anything that isn't a defeat or a goalless draw in the second leg could see us through. I'm still convinced about our chances of qualifying.
Unai Emery, Valencia coach

"Schalke have earned a slight advantage for the return game, but we have to be optimistic because we've had good games away from home in the Champions League this season, in fact we haven't lost.

"We have to look for goals as well in Germany and prepare thoroughly for the game so things go better. They are a good team. We've suffered against [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar and Raul.

"We also had a number of chances, but we're not so upset because anything that isn't a defeat or a goalless draw in the second leg could see us through. I'm still convinced about our chances of qualifying."

Soldado also told Superdeporte: "We're ambitious in the dressing room. It's true that we hoped to get a positive result and maybe this isn't what we hoped for, but we've worked too hard to get this far to give up now.

"We all want to be in the quarter-finals and we are going to do everything possible to get into the next round. That's the dream we have. We can recover."