By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Real and Barca have dominated Spain's top flight in recent history and have shared the last eight league titles between them, with Valencia the most recent team to break their stranglehold when they emerged triumphant in the 2003/04 season.
And while it appears unlikely that any Spanish club will come close to challenging the two giants in the near future, especially given their spending power, Soldado believes Valencia must aim to do better than last season's third-placed finish and challenge for the title.
"We all have to give a little more; we cannot settle for what we did last year," the 27-year-old told Marca. "That's our aim and our mentality.
"We believe we can do even better this season. We're all eager to hit the ground running.
"It's going to be a difficult year but we're convinced we can have a good season and try to improve on last year.
"Madrid and Barca lead the way in the league. We'll do our best to challenge them, but we know that it will be a tall order."
Los Che will have a new face at the helm of the club this season in former defender Mauricio Pellegrino, who took over from Unai Emery at the end of the last campaign.
And while Pellegrino is relatively inexperienced in the managerial scene, Soldado believes the six years he spent at the Mestalla will serve him well.
"He [Pellegrino] is really up for it and he knows the club," the Spain international added. "His approach is going to have a really positive effect."
While Valencia will have to do without the services of exciting wing-back Jordi Alba this coming season, after the 23-year-old completed a move to Barcelona, the void he has left is expected to be filled by ex-Deportivo La Coruna man Andres Guardado, who joined Los Che for a fee of €4million.
And while the Mexico international will have big boots to fill, he believes he has what it takes to be a success at the club.
"I have had a solid career, with two World Cups and a long journey that will help me meet this challenge with greater maturity," Guardado reasoned.
Apart from Guardado, Valencia have also completed the signings of Portugal international Joao Pereira from Sporting Lisbon and 22-year-old Spanish playmaker Jonathan Viera from Las Palmas.