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Unai Emery hails ‘smart’ Atalanta ahead of Champions League clash

Mon 13 September 2021 | 12:34

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.

Unai Emery

 said to his 

pre-Atalanta match

 press conference: 

“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.”

 

With 

Atalanta 

bagging 4 points from 3 Serie A fixtures and 

Villarreal 

3, neither of the two sides had a good start to the season.

Manchester United and BSC Young Boys

 are other teams that join Villarreal and Atalanta in the Group F of the Champions League.


source: SportMob

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