CL: VCF vs AT B.C


At home Mestalla, Valencia seems to have little chance to turn the tables when losing 1-4 in the first leg in Italy and they need to attack the full force in the second leg of the rematch. . Will Atalanta continue to punish opponents with terrifying power and thereby continue writing his fairy tale.

Gabriel Paulista returned to the Valencia defense after missing the first leg after a suspension, he should replace Eliaquim Mangala in the center of the defense. Ferran Torres will be fit enough to sit on the sidelines by the end of the week, but Valencia are expected to remain without five players due to injuries to Atalanta. Goncalo Guedes and Denis Cheryshev are competing for a starting point in attack, the Russian striker has come off the bench and scored in the first leg and may be given priority. Only 4 teams made a spectacular comeback in the Champions League knockout round when they lost the first leg of 3 or more goals. That was the challenge Valencia faced on Tuesday after they were 4-1 away at Atalanta in the first leg. Valencia should draw some optimism from the fact Atalanta has conceded 4 goals against Dinamo Zagreb and 5 goals at Manchester City in the Champions League group stage earlier this season. The bats are running this game badly, winning a rare match in the last 7 matches, being kicked out of the European Cup group in La Liga, the pressure on the chair of coach Albert Celades is extremely large.

Atalanta had more than 1 week of rest before his trip to Spain. Rafael Toloi and Berat Djimsiti were injury concerns at the beginning of the period and were still in doubt for the visitors but Marten de Roon may have to play as a center-back if both Toloi and Djimsiti are not fit. Atalanta is leading 4-1 from the first leg but it remains to be seen whether Gian Piero Gasperini will change tactics, really without Atalanta playing with two strikers in Valencia, so Ruslan Malinovskiy or Mario Pasalic can cooperate. with Papu Gomez as an attacking midfielder. Due to the widespread coronavirus throughout Italy, Atalanta has not played for more than a week. Their last match was a 7-2 victory over Lecce, the Serie A club averaging 3.2 goals per game in 2020. Atalanta has scored at least 2 goals in the last 3 matches (Champions League).   



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