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Monday, 06 December 2010 21:27

Valencia's Ricardo Costa looking to repeat Porto success at Old Trafford

“We are in England to win”

Ricardo Costa says his team are hoping for better luck with refereeing decisions when they play Manchester United tomorrow. As such, the defender says he expects a good performance from Portuguese official Pedro Proenca.

The Valencia players were aggrieved to have lost 2-0 at Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening to two late Cristiano Ronaldo goals. Both goals came after the visitors were reduced to ten men when David Albelda was sent off for a handball that appeared harsh on replays.

It was the third time in recent weeks that Valencia had seen a player sent off during an away fixture, and former Porto man Costa admits that his side are hoping for better fortune with the major calls when they meet United at Old Trafford in what is essentially a play-off to decide who wins Group C of the Champions League.

“We are in England to win, or at least to try and win,” said Costa, whose team need a victory to take top spot ahead of the knockout phase. “We lost our last match to Real Madrid but, once again, we were adversely affected by the decisions of the referee, who stopped us from being able to compete on level terms with Real until the end.

“Once again we had a player sent off. When we’re away from home, it seems compulsory to send off players from Valencia. I am not sure that Real Madrid would have been able to win their match with us had Albelda not been sent off.

“For this game we just want a good referee who lets the game flow and does not harm the teams. The referee is Portuguese. I know him well; he’s one of the best referees in Portugal. I believe he will do a good job and that will increase our chances of winning at Old Trafford.

“I have already won in Manchester, at this stadium, with FC Porto under Jose Mourinho when we became champions of Europe. With Valencia it is not impossible to win.”

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Comments (2)
Fonzie's little brother
2 Tuesday, 07 December 2010 19:47
AAAAAAAAEEEEE!!!!!! It's the Fonz!
Man U - Valencia
1 Monday, 06 December 2010 22:14
I wish Ricardo Costa good luck, but I think this actual Valencia have no quality to win Sir Alex Man U 'cause they're still fighting for the first place in the group.
Anyway it will be an interesting match to follow!

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