Tonight’s teams have been introduced, and here they are:
Valencia: Cillessen, Wass, Coquelin, Diakhaby, Gaya, Torres, Parejo, Kondogbia, Carlos Soler, Gameiro, Rodrigo. Subs: Domenech Jaume, Goncalo Guedes, Cheryshev, Lee, Sobrino, Florenzi, Guillamon.
Atalanta: Sportiello, Djimsiti, Caldara, Palomino, Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Gosens, Pasalic, Ilicic, Gomez. Subs: Tameze, Czyborra, Muriel, Malinovsky, Castagne, Rossi, Zapata.
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania).
I experienced the excellent enjoyment of seeing the to start with leg of this match, played in front of a baying, wildly entertained audience at the San Siro in Milan. Those were being unique periods, far more innocent periods. There will be no fans tonight, but there will most likely be ambitions: it is far more than a month because both aspect final stored a clean up sheet, and in their most the latest league match Atalanta thrashed Lecce 7-two. That was 10 times in the past, the only match they have played because winning the to start with leg of this a person 4-one on 19 February. There may well be a tiny ring-rustiness, but there should at minimum be no sign of tiredness. “We have to have to score, as well as remain targeted and protect well,” said Gian Piero Gasperini. “A psychological facet of our match that we are performing on is … we appear to get snug and believe the task is finished when it actually is not. The group were being excellent in the to start with leg, but I will not celebrate till the second leg is about.”
The Valencia coach, Albert Celades, insisted that “the end result from the to start with leg is not a truthful reflection of what transpired in the game”, which is correct: Maxi Gómez displayed the ending abilities of a kitten as he spurned a number of fantastic likelihood in that a person. He won’t be spurning any likelihood tonight, however, as he’s stored out by a damaged foot. Still, where there’s lifestyle there’s hope: “I don’t believe we have to have a wonder to development, not at all,” surmised Albert Celades. I believe I converse for all who observed the to start with match when I say: far more of the exact same, remember to.