Atalanta vs Valencia CF // 19-02-2020 // 21.00 // San Siro, Milan // First leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 // Michael Oliver // Movistar Champions League // The Atalanta, with his unstoppable forward, receives a Valencia marked by injuries, but with enthusiasm and pride to continue in Europe.

When  fortune  brought these two teams together, both were glad to see who their rival was. Avoiding the great and consecrated of Europe was to  increase  the  chances  of being alive in a competition like the Champions League.

The  Valencia  came to pass as  first group  in a heart – stopping final day in which I played everything in Amsterdam before the surprise team of last season. At the end of the night, thanks to his victory  by the minimum and the defeat of Lille in London, he was placed as the first group, accompanied by Chelsea. A more ” comfortable ” position, as it moved away from a possible tie against other group toppers such as Liverpool or PSG.

The  Atalanta  was made with the disputed  second place  in the group marked by the presence of Manchester City. After two defeats, two wins and a draw he got his name to be present in the round of 16, although he could not count on the strength of his stadium and would have to play in  San Siro.

In Serie A it is being a  revolution , no doubt thanks to its unstoppable  forward , which keeps him in a  fourth  place and that has helped him overcome matches that a priori seemed to him uphill.

It is one of the most equalized qualifiers   of the round of 16, but it is very marked by the  fields . The final match will be in  Mestalla , where this season has only managed to win Ajax and in the first leg Atalanta will not be able to count on the full strength of his  fans  since he will play in Milan due to the stadium’s capacity.

Valencia seeks to achieve good results away from Mestalla

The ché team reaches this round of the Champions League after   a somewhat  convulsive streak . Since its next European rival was announced, the Celades team has said goodbye to the Spanish  Super Cup  and the  Copa del Rey , but has played good games against rivals such as  Barça , who won, and Atlético, who drew in Mestalla . In Mallorca and in Getafe he gave his  worst version  and now seeks  stability  in the field to achieve his goals.

Rodrigo Moreno, Coquelin and Kang In Lee are the last players who have fallen from the summoned list

Depleted by the  casualties , up to eight players have fallen from the list, and with the confidence of a return in Mestalla the Chés hope to return to Spain with the duties done.

Atalanta wants his strikers to catapult them until the next European round

The Italians face the game at a  very sweet moment  of the season, but with the inconvenience of not playing in their field and the consequence of not having the   expected atmosphere . With a  lead  unleashed, the Azulones seek to correct defensive errors so as not to score as many goals. Right now he is fourth in his league and comes from tracing a match to Rome, which gives them more  wings  to think about possible  quarterfinals  .

Background 

Have met only  one  time  in its history and was the August 11, 2017 at the  Orange Trophy . The Italian team took the  win  2-1 with goals from Toloi and Palomino, both pieces.

The only time they have faced each other was in the 2017 Orange Trophy

Valencia, with Marcelino on the bench, scored thanks to Vezo but could not take the game.

Statistics 

Valencia have played 34 games, of which 15 have  won , lost 9 and tied 10. Atalanta has played 3 less than those of Mestalla, 31, and has won  15 , has lost 9 and has drawn 7. After On the last day, the Mestalla team is  seventh  in the standings, two points behind European positions and the Italians occupy the  fourth  position in their league.

The big difference between both sets is in the goals for and against. Valencia  have conceded more goals than they have scored , 47 in favor and 53 against, and Atalanta maintains a magnificent scoring streak with  72 goals in favor  and 46 against.

Referee 

The British  Micheal Oliver  has been international since 2012 and in the UEFA Champions League debuted in 2016, refereeing a match between Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw.

He was the youngest referee to lead a game at Wembley

In the Premier League he debuted at just 25 years old and is the youngest member to lead a game at Wembley.

He was   awarded to Valencia in the first leg of the  2018/19 Europa League quarterfinals, a  game he  won by  thanks to the result of 1-3 in the Villarreal field. In that game he sent both teams at eleven meters.

Calls 

The  Valencia  travels to Milan with  eight low : Paulista, which also dragged sanction, Garay, Florenci, Vallejo and Piccini. These were the players that I was sure they would not play, who have been joined by  Rodrigo Moreno , who continues to drag discomfort in the knee,  Coquelin  and  Kang In Lee.

Florenci misses what could be his first European match with Valencia for an adult chickenpox outbreak

With these fouls, the traveling players are: Jaume Domènech, Cillesen, Cristian Rivero, Wass, Correia, Mangala, Diakhaby, Guillem Molina, Gayà, Jaume Costa, Kondogbia, Parejo, Carlos Soler, Ferrán Torres, Cheryshev, Guedes, Gameiro, Maxi Gomez and Nephew.

Atalanta : there is no official call.

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