The teams of the two Mexican attackers are closing in on Spain's final Champions League berth with four games remaining in the season.
With four rounds of games left in Spain’s La Liga, only two points separate Valencia from Real Sociedad after Vela’s team slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Getafe on Monday, while Guardado’s overcame Osasuna 4-0 on Saturday.
“When your main rival slips up you feel even more determined and closer to your objective,” Guardado told the local press in Valencia on Tuesday. “Not depending on ourselves is not ideal, but we have to win all the games and hope that Real (Sociedad) repeat what happened yesterday. We have to keep fighting and Real shouldn’t relax because if they slip up again, we’ll be there.”
Valencia travels to Rayo Vallecano next Sunday and closes out the season with matches against Getafe, Granada and Sevilla. Real Sociedad hosts Granada next Monday, before taking on Sevilla, Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna in what is, on paper, the trickier run-in.
If Real Sociedad reaches the Champions League, it will be the first time the team has done so since the 2002-03 campaign, in which the Basque side made it to the Round of 16 before falling to Olympique Lyon.