Nuno hails win against Monaco

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Valencia head coach Nuno Espirito Santo was proud of his team's 3-1 win over Monaco in the Champions League play-offs, but remains cautious ahead of the second leg.

Rodrigo struck in the opening minutes to give Los Che an early lead before Mario Pasalic pulled one back for French side.

However, goals from Dani Parejo, just before the hour mark, and Sofiane Feghouli in the closing stages gave the Spanish club victory at the Mestalla.

"It was a good game and it was important that we won," Santo said. "We are back to being the team we were before: Winners. We showed character just at the point when we were struggling to go for goal.

"At this point, Monaco are a little more advanced because their season has already started but we managed to put three goals past them and I am very proud of my team for that; it showed that we are a team who wants to win.

"The result is there now; our objective was to win this tie. Now we will be going to Monaco to compete and we know what awaits us.

"Nothing is definitive in this competition and we will be going there with the same ambition to win. There are no favourites."

The second leg takes place at Stade Louis II in the French principality next week Tuesday, after Valencia's La Liga opener against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.