The Valencia Coach, who is specifically expected to improve on last season’s Last 16 elimination in the competition to Schalke, told El Mundo Deportivo: “I have a dream of becoming the champion of the Champions. Valencia gives me that possibility.
“The goal is to go step by step, so if not this year there will be another, but we have a chance now.”
Los Che’s longest-serving Coach since Alfredo Di Stefano then looked ahead to his team’s opening fixture of the competition, Tuesday’s trip to Belgian champions Genk.
“We must expect a strong Genk and respect them, to not overlook anything. It is very important [to win], there are only 18 points to play for. We cannot miss the opportunity we have to take the first step.
“We have to play with all the energy and enthusiasm to enjoy the competition that many want to be a part of, but few can.”
Valencia are drawn in Group E alongside opening opponents Genk, Juan Mata’s Chelsea and Bundesliga runners-up Bayer Leverkusen.