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Mauricio Pellegrino: 'We expect very much from Andres Guardado'

Following the season opening draw against Real Madrid, the 41-year-old Argentine manager talked up Valencia's expectations for the Mexican winger.

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Valencia and Real Madrid battled to a draw on Sunday to the surprise of many, as the reigning La Liga champion was unable to win all three points at home to start the 2012-13 season.

Following the match, Valencia's manager Mauricio Pellegrino was satisfied with the result, noting that his team at times looked the aggressor while other lapses of the match had them on the back foot.

"Both teams had chances," Pellegrino noted. "To tell you the truth, we just as easily could have lost the game as well as won it."

On the performance of Andres Guardado, one of Valencia's key signings over the summer, Pellegrino told the media that the decision to substitute the winger out of the game after 65 minutes was due to the taxing conditions of his mid-week friendly with the Mexican national team.

"Well, he hasn't been able to work with us this week because of the Mexican national team game," Pellegrino said. "He got here tired, but we trust in his capabilities. He's going to give us a lot because of his quality and we expect very much from him."

Guardado started in place of Pablo Piatti, who came on for him during the second half. The Mexican international played in El Tri's 1-0 defeat to the United States this week before flying back to Spain.

Joining Valencia from Deportivo La Coruña on a free transfer, Guardado agreed to a four-year contract in January.

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