Valencia ‘don’t need European miracle’
Valencia will look to overhaul a 4-1 deficit against Atalanta as the second leg of their last-16 tie at Mestalla Stadium is played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Valencia have never faced Atalanta at home in Europe – but they did lose their last home Champions League game against an Italian side – beaten 2-0 by Juventus in September 2018.
Valencia are winless in nine Champions League knockout stage matches and have failed to score three goals in a knockout game since beating Leeds United 3-0 in May 2001.
Atalanta’s 4-1 win over Valencia in the first leg of the tie was just the second time they have scored four times in a European knockout match.
Atalanta would become the first Champions League debutants to do so since Leicester City in 2016-17.
Atalanta’s 12 Champions League goals have been scored by 10 different players of nine different nationalities.
Atalanta have lost five of their last six European matches.
The Italians were the only team to make their group-stage debut in 2019-20, but they have played 42 European fixtures throughout their history, reaching the European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finals in 1987-88.
The Italians hold a 100% winning record against this opponent.
The first leg had ended in a 4-1 win for the Goddess, at their home.
The combined scorecard for the past two fixtures is 6-2, in favor of the Italians.
The Italians lead in aggregate 4-1, and Los Ches will have no option to pay heed to defense, and will be forced to attack right from the get-go. The guests who have a three-goal lead, will keep a check on any dangerous attack by the Spanish team.
On top of that, the Italians are unbeaten in their past seven fixtures (of which six were wins), and they scored a total of 27 goals in the process.
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