Gago: Valencia obliged to go for Lille jugular

The Argentina international is eager to rediscover winning ways in Europe when his side hosts the 2010-11 Ligue 1 champion on Tuesday.

Fernando Gago is adamant that Valencia must get back to winning ways when the club entertains Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have won two of their last three Liga matches, but lost 2-1 at Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group stage clash.

The team has not yet to tasted defeat at the Mestalla this season and and the former Real Madrid midfielder revealed the squad is eager to bounce back from the loss at the Allianz Arena.

“We hope to get back on the winning path,” he told reporters on Monday. “We have an obligation to go for a win and play well, ignoring the respective European experience of the teams.

“We have spoken to some of our teammates - who previously played at Lille - but we all know them and we have seen them play on television.”

The French club surprisingly lost its first match of the continental tournament’s group stage, against BATE, and although it is struggling with injuries, Gago is certain Lille will pose a threat to his side.

“Lille have two important midfielders out injured but we have to think and play at the highest level,: he said. “There is no extra pressure on me. My goal is to help the team and I don't think about whether I'll become more or less important for the team.”

Valencia will have to cope in defense without the likes of Adil Rami, Jeremy Mathieu and Ricardo Costa at home to LOSC, while Joao Pereira is also a doubt.

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