Inside the Index: February 20

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It was a case of dream debuts in the Champions League round of 16, as RB Leipzig and Atalanta both won having reached that stage for the first time.

Leipzig’s dominance wasn’t reflected in the scoreline, with Timo Werner’s second-half penalty all that separates themselves and Tottenham ahead of the second leg.

The more astounding result came at the San Siro, as Atalanta ran riot against Valencia with a 4-1 win to continue their fairytale run in what is their first ever Champions League campaign altogether.

Wednesday 19 February Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Rodri (2p)
  • Top Defender: Hans Hateboer (2p)
  • Top Midfielder: Rodri (2p)
  • Top Forward: Timo Werner (2p)
  • Media: Erling Haaland (3p)

Now for the latest activity on the Index:

Atalanta’s Dream Debut Rolls On

It would’ve been easy to let last night’s occasion get to the Atalanta players on what was a historic night for the club. Instead, they rose to it.

A comprehensive 4-1 win against Valencia – courtesy of a Hans Hateboer (£0.73) brace and brilliant strikes from Josip Ilicic (£1.84) and Remo Freuler (£0.57) – has now put them firmly in control of the tie.

As expected, many of last night’s stars have enjoyed notable rises in Share Prices, most notably two-goal hero Hateboer, whose price has increased by 27% in the last 24 hours.

Scorer of the goal of the night, Freuler, has also experienced a 10% increase in Share Price, while two assists on the night for Mario Pasalic (£1.36) has meant his price has recently increased by 11p.

As top scorers in Serie A with 63 goals, it certainly wouldn’t be the worst decision to look to Atalanta players as options for a Traders’ portfolio, as last night proved.

Ethan Ampadu Proving His Worth

Timo Werner (£4.96) would’ve grabbed the headlines for RB Leipzig last night, and rightly some may say, following his winning goal and general play, but a young centre-back also caught the eye.

Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu (£1.25) was brilliant for the Bundesliga side at the heart of their defence, with no player on the pitch having more touches (109), attempted passes (98) or interceptions (5) than the 19-year-old.

It’s resulted in an 18p increase in the last 24 hours, while his comments post-match will certainly excite Chelsea fans, as the Welsh international stated his aim to “go back” to Stamford Bridge and play next season.

His immediate focus however is with a young and exciting RB Leipzig side that could finish the season as Bundesliga and Champions League winners.

Rodri Proves His Worth

There’s certainly a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Rodri (£1.78) as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho (£0.34), as well as being Manchester City’s record signing, but last night against West Ham United proved how good he is and important he will be.

The holding midfielder kept the ball moving for the hosts during the 2-0 win, with the Spaniard completing 178 of his 188 passes; both of which are Premier League records since detailed collection began in 2003/04.

He capped his display with the game’s opening goal from a corner as he took home the night’s Star Player and Top Midfielder Dividends, while in the last 24 hours he’s seen his Share Price increase by 20p.

Kai Havertz Transfer Hint Dropped Ahead of Europa League

The Europa League returns tonight in the shape of the round of 32, with one the competition’s most high-profile names grabbing the headlines ahead of their game.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz (£4.17) has again been linked with a departure from the Bundesliga side, although this time by the club’s sporting director, Rudi Voller.

Speaking on German TV programme ‘100% Bundesliga’ Voller said: “I am glad that we still held [on to Kai Havertz]this year.”

‘We’ll see how it looks in summer. He still has a contract until 2022 – these are, of course, the classic facts.”

Ahead of tonight’s game against Porto, the 20-year-old – who has five goals and two assists in the league this season – has seen his Share Price increase by 15p, with the German starlet set to be a name that features heavily during the summer transfer window.

*All Share Prices, rises and falls accurate at time of writing

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