Thursday October 1 2020
CL: Atalanta relish Liverpool and Ajax

Atalanta made it to the Champions League quarter-finals in their first ever tournament and are now hosting Liverpool, Ajax and Midtdjylland.

This is sure to be a favourite group for the neutrals, as they are all very attack-minded and entertaining teams who prefer to out-score opponents rather than defend leads.

La Dea reached the quarter-finals in their first ever Champions League experience and were only minutes away from eliminating eventual finalists PSG.

They have started the Serie A season with a 100 per cent record, beating Torino 4-2 and Lazio 4-1.

There is one very big difference from last term, as Atalanta have completed the restructuring work on the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, so they will be able to play home games in their town.

Last year, they had played the home fixtures at San Siro in Milan.

They’ve only faced English sides twice before and had a pretty good record, especially against another Merseyside team, beating Everton in the Europa League group stage both home and away.

That includes a 5-1 thrashing at Goodison Park in November 2017.

Atalanta were up against Manchester City in the Champions League last season, losing 5-1 in England, but drawing 1-1 at San Siro in the return leg.

This will be their first ever meeting with a Dutch side, let alone former winners Ajax, while there are some bad memories of Denmark.

Atalanta went out of the Europa League play-offs against FC Copenhagen on penalties after a pair of 0-0 draws in which the Italians wasted an extraordinary number of chances.

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