Champions League: Smith: Everything is still to play for

Alan Smith insists that Leeds will have no fear as they approach the club's biggest game for 26 years in the Champions League semi-finals against Valencia.

Leeds are just one step away from matching the achievement of the 1975 side, who reached the European Cup final only to lose to Bayern Munich.

After a goalless draw in the first leg last week, David O'Leary's young side need at least a scoring draw.

"Playing at home, they'll start as favourites and we'll have to respect them. But we don't fear them," Smith told his icons.com personal website.

"There's a lot of football still to be played. The prize for the winners is a big one so we'll give it all we've got and hope that's enough."

The 20-year-old striker added: "We're not underestimating the size of the task we face.

"It's going to be very tough because we couldn't manage to open up a goal advantage in the first leg that would have made this second game a little more comfortable for us.

"But we've certainly not given up on it. Everything is still to play for.

"As the gaffer has said, we're just 90 minutes away from an appearance in the European Cup final and winning that is the biggest prize in club football.

"The game against Valencia is the biggest I have faced. It's a massive game for the club too, the biggest for more than a quarter of a century so we appreciate the importance of it."

He added: "We would have liked a goal to take into the second leg but we didn't managed that, though we were very happy not to have conceded one, which was the first priority".

"Valencia showed in the first leg they are a good side and, as you would expect for any team in the last four of such a competition, they are very well organised and hard-working, with a very experienced defence.

"They will be happy with the job they did in closing us down in the first leg, but the tie is not over yet and I think they will know that just as well as we do."


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