Valencia attacker Juan Mata feels that a return to Champions League football remains the club's target for the season.
The Mestalla club are currently positioned in fourth in the Primera Division table, and successfully negotiated their way to the last sixteen of Europe’s premier tournament, finishing second in their group to Manchester United.
Mata feels that a regular run of football in the Champions League is what is needed financially, and he said that even without the departed David Silva and David Villa, the top four remains their goal.
He remarked, “From the beginning of the season the team always knew our target despite the departure of major players, and that is to qualify for the Champions League.
“At first there was some concern about some bad results in the preseason, but the team is competitive enough to fight for the same goals. We could be higher.”
Mata also anticipated facing up to Schalke at the round of sixteen, saying, “At this stage, all the teams are first class. At an economic level it is important for the team, and we will try to continue for as long as possible in this great competition.”