Chelsea’s game against Valencia at the Mestalla is one of the most important of the season so far. Win, and qualification into the knockout stages of the competition is all but secured. Lose, and the Europa League may beckon for the Blues.
Valencia currently sit 10th in La Liga but pose a real threat going forward. Here are three Valencia players Chelsea must watch out for.
The Uruguayan striker has already netted six goals for the Spanish side this season in just nine starts and poses a real threat going forward. He is yet to score in the Champions League and will be hungry to get off the mark.
He poses an aerial threat, as well as linking up play with clever flick-ons. Chelsea’s backline will need to remain organized to nullify the threat Gomez poses.
As the starting striker for Spain, Rodrigo is no doubt a threat to Chelsea on Wednesday night if he is picked. Although he has struggled for goals in the league this season, netting just once in 11 games, he has provided four assists.
On top of this, he has a goal contribution in two of his three Champions League appearances, one of which was the winner against the Blues in the reverse fixture.
The 32-year-old has been around for a while now, but can still pop up with crucial goals in crucial moments, and will be keen to help his side reach the latter stages of the competition as he heads towards the twilight of his career.
He has started just six games in the league, scoring twice and providing one assist. Although these aren’t record-breaking numbers, a striker like Gameiro who has plenty of experience on big European nights has to be respected.