By ESPNSTAR.com staff
After losing to Bayern Munich on Match Day One, Valencia were desperate to get the first win of their Champions League campaign, and they profited from a wasteful Lille side to achieve their aim. Brazilian midfielder Jonas opened the scoring for Los Che against the run of play during the closing stages of the first half, before bagging a second on the 74th minute after their French opponents were reduced to 10 men due to Mathieu Debuchy's sending off.
Speaking to uefa.com, Pellegrino believed his players displayed great team work during the game and he encouraged them to remain focused.
"Playing the way we did tonight will help us win games in the future. We felt good as a team. We offered good support play and we were always looking to have possession of the ball in order to create more chances," Pellegrino explained.
"Looking back on previous games, if I have one complaint it is that we lacked concentration. In our previous encounter against Bayern we made some bad decisions. Today, we believed in what we were doing as a team. What most occupies my mind now is that the side continues to play like this."
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Unlike Pellegrino, Lille manager Raul Garcia was unhappy that his side failed to make their domination count.
"It was good in the first half, but Valencia made their chances count," he bemoaned.
"Unfortunately, we failed to get our shots on target although I had made a point of underlining how important that was before the game."
Lille's loss to Valencia marks the Ligue 1 side's second loss in the tournament. Garcia challenged his players to put an end to their losing streak and prove that they belonged amongst Europe's elite.
"It was not a good night. We have to break this cycle quickly and win a match," he said.
"Big teams bounce back. Let's see if we have the quality to do that."