Valencia squad to fund fans tickets at Villarreal

MADRID - Valencia's players will pay 40,000 euro towards the cost of 2,000 tickets for Saturday's match at Villarreal as the two clubs battle for a lucrative place in next year's Champions League. Fans will only have to pay 20 euro for each ticket rather than the full 40 euro, the club said on their website. "We have tried to join forces so that we can feel close to the fans and also feel like it's our stadium," captain Carlos Marchena said. Valencia, who have lost their last two away matches, are in fifth place with two games left, level on 59 points with Villarreal and two behind Atletico Madrid in fourth, the Primera Liga's final Champions League spot.