Manchester City director Alberto Galassi looks forward to Atalanta in the Champions League, but Pep Guardiola went from “anger to laughter” during Juventus rumours.
The Citizens are drawn with Atalanta, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb in Group C.
“It’s particularly pleasing that we are playing at San Siro. I am sure they’ll be entertaining games, because Atalanta play very good football,” Galassi told Sky Sport Italia.
Pep Guardiola won the Premier League for the second year running, but has struggled in recent years when it comes to Europe.
“Last year, only one game went wrong and we were moments from getting through. Guardiola has the Champions League in his blood, he’s won it before and he will win it again.
“I always remember something Kaka told me: winning the Champions League is harder than the World Cup. That’s because in the World Cup, you need everything to go your way for a month, but in the Champions League, luck has to be on your side for an entire season.”
The summer was dominated by rumours Guardiola was leaving Manchester City to take over at Juventus, even after his denials.
“Guardiola was angry at first and very disappointed, as he hated not being believed. Serious clubs reach agreements a long time before, these last-minute scoops don’t really exist.
“He was disappointed by the situation, but then towards the end he went from anger to laughter. Even my father thought he’d arrive at Juve until the very end and I always told him it wasn’t going to happen.”