When Chelsea hosted Valencia on Matchday 1, the Blues were still attempting to adjust to life under the new manager, Frank Lampard. The Spanish outfit ultimately showed superiority as the young Blues failed to build on a promising start, missing a crucial penalty in the process.
The disappointment can be said, acted as a catalyst for Chelsea, as they begin to put in better performances afterward. Results have also improved, they were on six-game Premier League winning run before they fell to City at the Etihad last weekend. They are top of the group with 7 points, same points with Ajax and second-placed Valencia.
Like Chelsea, Valencia also saw their run of good form came to an end, as they lost 2-1 against Real Betis last weekend. Valencia were impressive on matchday 4 as they came from behind to thrash Lille 4-1. Chelsea were impressive too as they came from behind to draw 4-4 with last year semi-finalist, Ajax.
Should Valencia avoid defeat against the Blues, they will have a superior head to head record over Chelsea, something that may count in a very tough group.
The two teams have shown good qualities this season. Having said that, Valencia will be a very hard nut to crack, especially at the Mestalla.