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Wednesday, 04 November 2009 16:46

Evertons Nuno Valente sends out warning to Benfica

“Wounded pride” set to fire up Premier League club says Portuguese

Nuno ValenteFormer Portugal left-back Nuno Valente has warned Benfica that their Europa League clash against Everton tomorrow will be very different from the encounter in Lisbon a fortnight ago.
 
Valente says the English club’s players have “had their pride wounded”, adding that he expects the Premier League side to win at Goodison Park.
 
After winning all there was to win in club football at FC Porto, Nuno Valente played out the final years of his career in England for Everton. After hanging up his boots he maintained his association with the club, as he is their official scout in Portugal.
 
It is therefore not a case of divided loyalties when it comes down to who he wants to see come out on top on Thursday. “I work for Everton and it’s obvious that I want the best for the club I work for. I hope that Everton win,” Valente told Portuguese radio station Antena 1.
 
“The Everton players had their pride wounded by the first match, and in the home match want to rectify the image they left. They want a different result to that in Lisbon. In that game they were missing a lot of important players, but the game at Goodison Park will certainly be very different.
 
“Everton want to win and know that if they do so the team is practically qualified for the next phase.”

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