The Villarreal need not lose in Bergamo against Atalanta this Wednesday in the duel of the last day of the group stage of the Champions League to access the round of 16 of the competition, a goal that would reach for the third time in its history.
A challenge that the people of Castellón come to marked by the situation in the league championship, in which the team occupies the lower part of the classification table, far from the European places, since those of Unai emery He has still not had a good run of results, which is a drag on the confidence of the team and the tranquility of his followers.
The good news for this important game is to be able to recover its two best attacking players, to power count on Gerard Moreno and Arnaut Danjuma. In the case of the Catalan forward, the player has been gradually entering the team’s dynamics, which already suggests that he may already be a starter in this match. While in the case of Arnaut Danjuma, the Dutch forward has been out of the team due to ankle discomfort, which has left him out in recent games.
On the other hand, the coach will continue without being able to count on the injured Francis Coquelin, and Serge Aurier, who does not have a record to play this competition, nor Yeremy Pino, who has been suspended.
In its best moment of form of the season, after five consecutive victories in Serie A, and with the Colombian Duván Zapata on a roll, Atalanta is entrusted to Gewiss Stadium to seal its third consecutive pass to the round of 16 of the European Cup. Duván Zapata is the most effective symbol of the Atalanta moment. The Colombian scored seven goals and gave two assists in his last eight games with Dea and will be the offensive end of coach Gian Piero Gasperini to defeat Villarreal.
The Bergamo team has had a vertical growth in the last five years and each year it is taking another step forward. He sealed three consecutive classifications in the Champions League and this year, in addition to being three points behind the eighth, he is fourth in Serie A, just four points behind a leadership that is no longer science fiction.
Gasperini armed a extremely modern equipment, who practices an attractive football, offensive-minded, fluid and above all with clear ideas. It is precisely this organization that allowed Atalanta to overcome a long series of illustrious casualties, such as those of the Dutch winger Hans Hateboer, who has just rejoined, or that of the German Robin Gosens, out for the appointment of this Wednesday.
Will not change your usual 3-4-2-1 Gasperini, with the Argentine Juan Musso in goal, protected by the Turkish Merih Demiral, the Italian-Brazilian Rafael Toloi and the Argentine José Luis Palomino; Davide Zappacosta and Danish Joakim Maelhe will occupy the lanes, with Swiss Remo Freuler and Dutchman Marten De Roon in midfield.
The Slovenian Josip Ilicic, who two years ago endorsed a poker at Valencia at the Mestalla, will accompany the Croatian Mario Pasalic in a three-quarter line, with Duván as the center forward. The Colombian Luis Muriel is the great revulsive of Gasperini in the second half, which also usually gives way to Dutch midfielder Teun Koopmeiners.
Atalanta: Musso; Toloi, Demiral, Palomino; Zappacosta, Freuler, De Roon, Maelhe; Pasalic, Ilicic; and Duván.
Villarreal CF: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupiñán; Capoue, Trigueros, Parejo; Moi Gómez, Gerard Moreno and Danjuma. EFE
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ING).
Stadium: Gewiss Stadium.
Hour: 21.00 (20.00 GMT).