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.”