EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Valencia manager Miroslav Djukic was encouraged by his side's surprising 4-0 domination of Inter Milan and believes his team is ready to move on without star forward Roberto Soldado.
"He is a great player but he is no longer with us anymore and we have to keep moving forward," Dukic said through a translator. "We have a great team without him and we don't depend on that [Soldado's ability], we depend on the team to [succeed]. We had a good result today."
Soldado recently transferred to English Premiership side Tottenham in a deal reported to be just over 30 million euros. Prior to his departure, the 28-year-old forward was one of La Liga's most prolific finishers, scoring 59 goals in 101 appearances for Valencia.
Considering Los Che's massive debts, the side was unable to use any of the funds it received from Spurs to purchase a new striker. Still against Inter in the Guinness International Champions Cup, Valencia showed that it is more than capable of putting goals in the back of the net.
Jonathan Viera bagged a brace and Ever Banega's strong midfield performance showed that he might finally live up to the 20 million-euro outlay that the team invested in him five years ago. Considering that many teams in Spain are faced with the same financial troubles as Valencia, it isn't unreasonable to think that the club could be fighting for La Liga's fourth spot this upcoming season - even without Soldado.
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