MADRID , Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Valencia coach Nuno Espiritu Santo was a satisfied man after seeing his side qualify for the group stage of the Champions League despite a 2-1 defeat to Monaco on Tuesday night.
Valencia had to cling on in the closing minutes as Monaco looked for a goal to take the tie into extra time, but they held firm at the back and will go into Thursday's draw alongside Barcelona, Real and Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
It will be the first time that a country has had five teams in this stage of the tournament and the coach was understandably proud of his side's efforts.
"Everything that you get in life is through suffering. We were hard working and stuck together to conserve the result," he said.
Valencia had started strongly and an Alvaro Negredo goal looked to have assured their progress, but the second half saw them struggle against Monaco's extra fitness after three games of the season.