Valencia stopper dismisses praise

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Goalkeeper Diego Alves is hoping to produce more impressive performances to ensure Valencia qualify for the knock-out phase of the Champions League after his brilliance helped salvage a point against Chelsea.

After a relatively quiet first 45 minutes, the visitors burst into life, with Fernando Torres, back in his homeland, being denied three times by the Brazilian stopper.

Even after Andre Villas-Boas' side eventually hit the front, and Roberto Soldado equalised from the spot, the 26-year-old was alert late on to keep out Nicolas Anelka to cap a remarkable display, a performance he hopes can inspire his teammates to great things.


"We had five extremely stressful minutes of constant Chelsea chances," he said. "But we fought to stay in the game, got away with it and this vital point might, eventually, qualify us for the knockout stage.

“I know that if I pull off saves my team-mates get confidence and it inspires them. But if the rest of the guys hadn't worked so hard then my saves wouldn't have earned us a result."

Alves' brilliance didn't go unnoticed, and opposite number Petr Cech was keen to pay tribute to his opponent.

"The most decisive moments of the game came from Diego," he said.

"We controlled parts of the game, we created lots of chances and this was a positive display Chelsea can build on."

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