Wednesday June 10 2020
Gomez: 'Atalanta could win Champions League'

Papu Gomez maintains ‘anything can happen’ in the Champions League for Atalanta, especially in a Final Eight tournament on neutral turf.

UEFA’s plan at the moment is to condense the remaining rounds into a showdown between the quarter-finalists, clashing in one-off games until the Final.

All these are likely to be played in one city, with Lisbon the current favourite, after the COVID-19 pandemic has eased in August.

“We touched the sky, experiencing a unique and historic moment for the club and city,” Gomez told TyC Sports in Argentina.

“It’s incredible that it all ground to a halt. Now we’re going to be in the Champions League quarter-finals and it would frankly suit us to play one-off games, because anything can happen in 90 minutes. It’s going to be spectacular.”

Atalanta already qualified after beating Valencia 8-4 on aggregate, just before the lockdown was introduced.

Papu was asked which team he’d like to face in a Champions League Final.

“Maybe a Spanish side, hopefully I’d play against Leo Messi for Barcelona. Considering our playing style, I’d say we would have a better chance against a Spanish team rather than English or German.”

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