It could not be. The Valencia he was eliminated in the round of 16 of the Champions not being able to overcome the painful 4-1 that dragged from San Siro. Despite competing during the vast majority of the match, defensive errors made the feat impossible. Ilicic, with four goals, was the most decisive player in the final 3-4.
Act. 03/11/2020 at 09:49
Cillessen; Wass, Diakhaby (Guedes, 46 ‘), Coquelin (Cheryshev, 74’), Gayà; Ferran, Parejo, Kondogbia, Carlos Soler; Gameiro and Rodrigo (Florenzi, 79 ‘).
Sportiello; Djimsiti, Caldara, Palomino; Hateboer, De Roon (Zapata, 44 ‘), Freuler, Gosens; Pasalic (Tamèze, 83 ‘); Ilicic and ‘Papu’ Gómez (Malinovskyi, 78 ‘).
0-1 M. 3 Ilicic (pen.). 1-1 M. 21 Gameiro. 1-2 M. 43 Ilicic (pen.) 2-2 M. 51 Gameiro. 3-2 M. 67 Ferran. 3-3 M. 71 Ilicic. 3-4 M. 82 Ilicic.
Ovidiu Hategan (Romania). T.A .: Coquelin (33 ‘), Diakhaby (42’), Kondogbia (58 ‘), Wass (64’) / Freuler (86 ‘).
It was difficult, a lot. Everyone knew it. Without the heat of Mestalla, with a box defense and against a lethal rival in attack. But what if … A quick goal, the weight of the shield, the courage of a team that strikes hardest when they consider it to be sunk … There were reasons to dream on the umpteenth magical night. They had to be infallible behind and take advantage of the scoring opportunities. They would come, just like in Milan, before a Atalanta that grants a lot in defense.
But soon the hope was diluted as the first premise was not fulfilled. Two avoidable, innocent penalties dictated the fate of a Valencia who in stages played with the intensity and the necessary approach to work the miracle. The weight of the errors was excessive. The most painful thing is that without them, the winner could have been someone else.
Weaknesses and opportunities
Gnawed away by injuries, Valencia started out with Diakhaby Y Coquelin as an unprecedented central pair. The return of Rodrigo leading the attack was the only positive development for a che team with up to eight absences.
Fewer difficulties faced Gian Piero Gasperini, which repeated the eleventh of San Siro with the changes forced by injury of Sportiello by Gollini under sticks and Djimsiti by Toloi lagging behind. Two noticeable losses in the less solid line of the Atalanta, one more reason to believe.
But even the most optimistic lost their speech when minute two had not yet been reached. Ilicic he slipped between two defenders and, after a break, was swept by Diakhaby. Penalty. The Slovenian international did not forgive.
Backhand cruel. The canned songs in the public address system, the only breath che. True to form, the Atalanta He ignored the result and launched into biting on rival terrain, where he feels powerful. Cillessen he understood quickly and opted to play long.
More intense, the Valencia He won each set and settled on the rival field. Rodrigo demanded Sportiello and the Atalanta trembled. Uncomfortable, fragile. Gameiro tied for a mistake of Palomino and the feat even seemed achievable.
But again the Valencia shot himself in the foot. Diakhaby he touched a harmless ball with his hand inside the area. The referee pointed the eleven meters after reviewing the Var and Ilicic He charged the bill again. Terrible blow.
The Valencia chose to fight. He never lowered his arms. He went on to defend with three centrals and pushed until scoring twice thanks to Gameiro Y Ferran. But in two claws, Ilicic ended any hint of hope. There was nothing to do. It fell and clearly, but the Valencia he fought everything until the final whistle.