Valencia started this season in the Champions League like last season but demoted to Europa League after they finished third in their group. Winning La Liga is impossible and Copa Del Rey is gone. So only trophy Los Che can win is Europa League at this moment.
Stoke City was the first pray hunted by Valencia. Valencia won both matches by one goal. In the next phase they faced PSV of Holland and they passed that test easily. Now they are waiting to face Dutch League leader AZ Alkmaar on this Thursday in an away match.
If they progress in the next round then they will face Athletico Madrid which seems a tough encounter. Athletico is having good records in Europa League in the last few seasons. If Los Che reach final then they might face teams like Athletic Bilbao, Sporting Lisbon and Schalke 04 which are strong contenders for the cup.
From the above statements it can be said that it will not be a walk in the park. Valencia need to work hard to lift the cup. Another thing that is bothering the third best team of Spain is their poor La Liga form.
Valencia won three games in the league this year 2012 and rest were draw or defeat. Few days back, bottom table team Zaragoza dismantled Los Che in Mestalla. Yesterday Los Che was very poor against Getafe and they eventually lost the match. It was clear that the team lacking spirit and motivation. There is already a voice regarding the departure of Unai Emery. President Llorente is angry and phoned Espanyol coach Pochetinno to manage Valencia in the next season. If Los Che fires Emery and hires a new guy still that guy needs time to deploy his ability. So kind of chaos is going on the Los Che camp. Considering these statements it sounds logical if someone says Valencia will not win Europa League as they are having very poor form in the Spanish League.
On the other hand Schakle 04 is on the roll in both Bundesliga and Europa League. They have a strong and better squad than last year. They crushed Viktoria and FC Twente in the Europa league and moving ahead strongly. Athletico Bilbao boosted their confidence after beating Manchester United twice. One of these two teams will progress in the next round and Schalke 04 is the favorites. And Athletico Madrid is always a challenging side for Los Che.
So at the end of the day winning Europa League looks like a dream too like La Liga.