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San Siro, a cursed stadium for Valencia

Gabby Barker

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Valencia already has the mind set on the Champions. After Friday's game, Ches face the Atalanta visit with positive feelings. And although against Atlético the Celades team could not finish the bad run against those of El Cholo, has not beaten them since 2014, on Wednesday they will try to break another curse and achieve what the club has never achieved in 100 years of history: win in San Siro.

San Siro, or Giuseppe Meazza, is the stadium where the black and white entity has played the most times when he has played European competitions. And despite the six visits to the Italian fief, he has never been able to return to Valencia with a victory. Nor in the Champions League, where he has reaped two draws and two losses. Not in Europa League or Fairs Cup where he accumulates two draws.

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The curse of San Siro It has not only been applied when they have played against Inter or against A.C Milan. The che visited the site in the 2001 Champions League final in the unforgettable defeat against Bayern Munich.

On Wednesday, they will travel to Milan again to avoid facing any of the teams that usually occupy it and Although it will not be a neutral stadium for Atalanta, Bergamo will not play at home, not even in their city.

The challenge of winning out in the round of 16

In addition to winning in a stadium where they have never been able, those in the capital of Turia also have the challenge of breaking another bad streak that resists them: win as a visitor in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

There are seven occasions in which Valencia has been able to advance the Champions League group stage in history but He has never been able to win in the first tie in the rival stadium. Neither in Paris (1-1), nor in Gelsenkirchen (3-1), against Schalke, not even on his own San Siro, against Inter Milan (2-2), the Valencians have been able to impose themselves on their rival. Of those three qualifiers he only passed the round in which he played against the Italians.

Further, before the round of last 16, when the group stage passed directly to the rooms, Valencia could not win at home in that first round of qualifiers. Not in front of Inter in 2003 (1-0); not before him Arsenal in 2001 (2-1); nor when it was measured at Lazio a year before (1-0), nor before the Hungarian team Ujpest, in the year 1972 (2-1). If they beat Atalanta, those of Celades will take away from the Valencian entity two slabs that have weighed throughout its centennial history and that in just three days they can be forgotten forever.

Gabby is someone who is interested in all types of sports, she loves to attend watching matches live. Whenever there is a match being played in her city, she makes sure to get the tickets in advance. Due to the love for sports, she joined Sportsfinding, and started writing general sports news. Apart from writing the news, she is also the editor for the website who checks and edits every news content before they go live.

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