Piatti targets top-three finish

Valencia go into the next round of fixtures some six points behind current occupants Atletico Mardid, who may well have their own radar on top spot after they thumped leaders Real Madrid 4-0 in last weekend’s derby at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

After responding to the 1-0 away defeat at Malaga with victory over Espanyol last week, Piatti believes Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are ready to mount a sustained challenge for the final Champions League place.

“The aim for the team now is to keep on going as we have been, then aspire to fight for third place in La Liga,” Piatti said at a press conference.

Piatti was on target against Espanyol at Cornella Stadium, and having been out of the regular side earlier in the campaign the 25-year-old Argentinian is relishing his opportunities.

“I went through a difficult situation at the club, I learnt from it and grew as a player and a person,” he said.

“It was useful for me to make a change in how I approach things and look at football. Now I enjoy things with a lot of responsibility.

“Now I am feeling good and am motivated to help the team.”

Piatti added: “I am happy here, I know the club and I know the city, so I would be delighted to stay on.

“But there is plenty of time for this. We still need to sit down and talk.”