Genk v Valencia preview

The youngster, on loan from Real Madrid at the Mestalla this
season, is in contention to start Tuesday night’s Group E opener
against Belgian side Genk as Unai Emery’s side seek a strong start
to a first-round campaign during which they also meet Chelsea and
Bayer Leverkusen. Canales is understandably keen to get started.
“I’m eager to begin and we all hope to start with a win,” he said
in quotes reported by newspaper Marca. “This year I hope to make an
impact and have a good season in the competition. We have not had
much time to study Genk, after the league match at the weekend we
had a recovery day and we’re now looking at this match. “It’s a
highly competitive group and you need to focus on getting one win
away from home, that’s always important. “The truth is that
Leverkusen are doing well but it will be difficult.” Valencia boss
Unai Emery could be without right-back Miguel after he went down
with illness on the plane to Belgium. Genk boss Mario Been will
need to call on all his experience when the Spanish outfit square
off with them at the Cristal Arena. But the Belgian champions
expect to make a fist of their chance on the European stage, with
captain David Hubert telling “Until now, we have only
come up against stars like this on PlayStation. “It’s wonderful for
the team, for the club and for me. “It’s just a dream come true. We
might have a chance of finishing third in this group. I will not
say we are going for qualification for the last 16, but finishing
third would be unbelievable.” Goalkeeper Laszlo Koteles, whose
penalty shoot-out heroics helped Genk beat Maccabi Haifa in their
play-off, recalled: “It was the first penalty shoot-out of my
career. “The guys came to me and everybody was saying: ‘We believe
in you. You can do it.’ So I knew then that all I had to
concentrate on was catching the ball. The national goalkeeping
coach in Hungary taught me that. At first I thought it was
ridiculous, stupid, but when I tried it, it really worked.”