Dani Parejo excited for Valencia to compete in the Europa League

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 20: Dani Parejo of Valencia CF looks on during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Mestalla on August 20, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Valencia captain Dani Parejo is looking forward to competing in the Europa League after being knocked out of the Champions League

Los Che put in a superb effort at Turin on Tuesday night to deny Juventus strike trio Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala.

However, Valencia’s efforts ultimately went unrewarded after Ronaldo’s cross into the box enabled Mandzukic to tap in a 59th-minute winner for Juventus.

Now Valencia will drop down to the Europa League, a tournament they won in 2004 under it’s old name “UEFA Cup”, after finishing third in Group H.

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“The Europa League is a competition which has brought a lot of joy in the past to Valencia,” said Parejo according to Marca.

“It is a competition which excites us and we will enter it with the focus of competing and trying to win it.

“What has happened to us (in the Champions League) is now in the past and there is no point lamenting it, our focus is now on the Europa League and going as far as we possibly can.”

Valencia will travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday next to face Real Madrid in La Liga.