The reigning Europa League champions will travel to Italy to kick-start their Champions League journey on Tuesday, and their head coach insists Atalanta are on the same level with their Serie A rivals, Juventus and Inter.
said to hispre-Atalanta match
“When I analysed Atalanta, I thought ‘wow’. A different and smart team, training very well. If you look at the history of Atalanta, you see that it is something different than Villarreal.
“They have more history, but not the same European tradition. However, there is constant growth also thanks to [Gian Piero] Gasperini. They are consolidating as one of the top clubs in Italy,” the former Arsenal coach continued.
“Atalanta is on the same level as Milan, Inter, Juventus and Napoli. We must respect them and adapt to how they play. We are eager to face this challenge with all our means.
“It would be great to start with a win. It’s a big challenge for Villareal, it’s the fourth time we play in the Champions League. We’ll try to win every game. It’s a short competition and Manchester United are the clear favourite to win the group.”
bagging 4 points from 3 Serie A fixtures and
3, neither of the two sides had a good start to the season.
are other teams that join Villarreal and Atalanta in the Group F of the Champions League.
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