The match between Atalanta and Valencia was played in front of the crowd and it has been described as a cause of the spread of infection that escalated.

- There are probably several  triggers  and catalysts behind the spread of the virus. The match between Atalanta and Valencia may well be one of them, Francesco Le Foche, an immunologist at a hospital in Rome, told Corriere dello Sport then.

During that match Gasperini was ill and later he tested positive for covid-19.

- I was scared. The day before the match I was sick and it was even worse in the afternoon during match day. If you look at the pictures, I did not look good on the bench. Two nights after the game I didn't sleep at all, he says to La Gazzetta dello Sport according to the Football Channel.

During the spring, Valencia's squad was also badly affected by the corona virus.