VA­LEN­CIA (1) v STOKE (0) Thurs­day, 6pm – Live on ESPN

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RORY DE­LAP in­sists that Stoke’s street­fight­ers are ready to bat­tle for their Europa League lives. De­lap is re­fus­ing to give up on the Pot­ters’ con­ti­nen­tal ad­ven­ture as they pre­pare for a mon­u­men­tal clash at the Mestalla.

Stoke suf­fered a blow last week when they lost the first leg at the Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium to the La Liga aris­to­crats. It leaves Tony Pulis’ troops with a moun­tain to climb as they try to reach the last 16.

But Stoke have turned putting noses out of joint into an art form ever since their pro­mo­tion to the Premier League.

And mid­fielder De­lap (left) – fa­mous for his huge, mis­sile-like throw-ins – says the un­der­dogs are pre­par­ing to rip up the script again and con­found their crit­ics.

He said: “We’re down, but not out – cer­tainly not. We know how dif­fi­cult it is go­ing to be over there but we will give it a go.

“We are be­hind in the tie, but it’s only a goal. We have to go there, be pos­i­tive and be­lieve. Any­thing is pos­si­ble.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be tough to go over there, no mat­ter what

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