The Atalanta star, ‘Papu’ Gómez, has qualified Wednesday night’s game at Shakhtar Donetsk as a “Champions League Final”, as the Bergamo boys will try to carry out the Great Escape. , bottomless and meaningless, Dea could get the qualification for the round of 16 with a victory in Ukraine, if Dinamo Zagreb also fails to beat Man City.
Speaking after Atalanta had come up twice from behind to beat Hellas Verona 3-2 in the time of discount on Saturday afternoon, Gomez said: “We really believe in our possibilities, we will take it as a final of the League of Champions, inside or outside. We will go there and give everything to win, playing Atalanta style with technique, physics and everything. ”
Atalanta has often proved to be a dream for goalkeepers during the mentoring of Gian Piero Gasperini and La Dea has been exciting to follow this term in Europe as well. Josip Ilicic could be a great doubt for the Italian team, but they will still be able to create.
Unfortunately for fans of the Serie A team, defense has not always been Atalanta’s forte. However, that vulnerability in the back is what makes the Gasperini group so much fun to follow.
And La Dea’s innovative and winning approach to the match could (and should) play for the strengths of its hosts: the counterattack specialists, Shakhtar.
The Ukrainians won an invaluable 1-1 draw against Manchester City on the fifth day to place themselves in a promising position to seal a place in the last 16, although only one victory will guarantee those led by Luís Castro a place in the round of 16 with Dinamo Zagreb sitting with only one point behind the miners.
Shakhtar got an undeserved victory in the last inverse meeting in San Siro, obtaining the winning goal in the discount, but Atalanta hit the post twice in that match, and missed a penalty in an exciting match. A similar thriller is anticipated, especially after the 3-3 and 2-2 draws of the Ukrainians against Dinamo.
The local goalkeeper, Andriy Pyatov, failed to maintain a clean goal in 24 Champions League starts, while three or more goals have been presented in 14 of the last 17 group stage games of Shakhtar. The dynamics of the group only increase the possibility that the meeting on Wednesday night will extend that streak with an exciting offensive game that is expected to be on the cards.