(FromL) Valencia’s Portuguese defender Thierry Correia, Valencia’s French midfielder Francis Coquelin, Valencia’s Portuguese midfielder Gongalo Guedes and Valencia’s Spanish midfielder Ferran Torres arrive for a coaching session on the Paterna Sports activities Metropolis in Paterna on March 09, 2020 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group H soccer match between Valencia and Atalanta which can be performed behind closed doorways in gentle of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Valencia will try an unlikely comeback with out their followers on Tuesday once they play Atalanta within the Champions League behind closed doorways because of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Retrieving a Four-1 defeat from the primary leg in Italy was all the time going to be a formidable process for Valencia however appears much more so after UEFA instructed their dwelling tie at Mestalla be performed in an empty stadium to restrict the unfold in Spain.
Atalanta are based mostly in Bergamo within the Lombardy area of northern Italy, one of many worst-hit areas within the nation. Italy had registered greater than 7,000 circumstances of coronavirus on Monday.
Spain has been much less affected to this point, with just below 1,000 confirmed circumstances on Monday and 37 within the Valencian Neighborhood, which incorporates Castellon, Valencia and Alicante.
Valencia introduced on February 28 they might be suspending all non-sporting exercise with the membership’s first-team gamers after a journalist attending the opening fixture towards Atalanta on February 19 was confirmed to have been contaminated.
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It meant all engagement with the media earlier than and after subsequent matches towards Actual Betis on February 29 and Alaves on Friday was cancelled, whereas a tribute to the membership’s former participant David Villa was additionally referred to as off.
However the last-16 assembly with Atalanta can be Valencia’s first to be contested behind closed doorways and, in idea, places them at a major drawback of their bid to succeed in the Champions League’s quarter-finals.
Valencia captain Dani Parejo expressed anger final week at what he perceives as inconsistency within the strategy of the authorities to soccer matches.
“I am the first to be concerned about the crisis and that is why I am also first to feel indignant when I see the measures taken are not consistent,” Parejo mentioned.
“I don’t understand how a global crisis can be managed in Spain depending on the region in which you live.”
Parejo added: “If it’s dangerous for people to attend Mestalla, it’s also dangerous at the Parc des Princes, at Anfield, at the Red Bull Arena, at the Etihad [Stadium], at Camp Nou, at the Allianz [Stadium] in Turin and at the Allianz [Arena] in Munich.”
Regardless of heavy restrictions on journey out and in of northern Italy, Atalanta had been in a position to fly to Spain on Monday morning though media occasions often scheduled for the day earlier than a Champions League fixture had been cancelled.
Atalanta have performed solely as soon as since their thumping first-leg victory over Valencia, a 7-2 win on March 1 away at Lecce, who’re based mostly in southern Italy. Atalanta followers attending the sport underwent medical checks earlier than coming into the bottom.
Solely 5 Serie A matches had been staged on Sunday, with the entire video games performed in entrance of empty stands.
Italian sports activities minister Vincenzo Spadafora has insisted matches needs to be suspended fully and accused Serie A of being “irresponsible” for permitting some to go forward.