With the squad flying back from the US today, Palace’s fans can look forward to catching some pre-season action this side of the continent over the next two weeks, as the team face English league opposition before their final test against Spanish side Valencia at Selhurst Park.
In what will be an important fixture for both clubs, Valencia captain Paco Alcácer says it's the sort of game his team need in order to show their fans that the side have bounced back a stronger outfit and have put the disappointment from last season behind them.
“This match against Crystal Palace is only two weeks before the start of La Liga, and is a good test in order for us to prepare. Our goal is to come back to compete in UEFA Champions League. We need to grow and forget a bad last season and achieve to compete again against the best clubs of Europe.”
The La Liga club have been in Europe for their own pre-season, but it’s their chance to face a Premier League team which manager Pako Ayestarán will use as his final platform to access the squad, and he’s looking forward to seeing some familiar faces when they travel to London to face the Eagles.
“We wanted some interesting friendly matches against teams with a growing level of difficulty. After some tests in Germany, Holland and Finland, our one-week stage in England we hope will be the best way to close our preseason and to start as best as possible for a very difficult challenge like the Spanish league.”
Although Ayestarán has yet to confirm whether star signing Nani will feature in the game, both sets of supporters can expect to see two teams with plenty of attacking flair on display, and enjoy what the Valencia manager believes will be an entertaining match.
“I know Crystal Palace very well, I played against them when I worked for Liverpool and I’m sure that everybody will enjoy a great game between two very good teams.”
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