Monday December 14 2020
Percassi: 'Real Madrid are fantastic'

Atalanta President Antonio Percassi said the last-16 clash with Real Madrid ‘will be a great experience’ for the Orobici. ‘It’s a great pride for us’.

The Nerazzurri qualified for the knockout stages after having overcome Ajax in the last round of the group stage and are drawn the Spanish giants in the next round.

Atalanta face the most successful team in the competition, as Real Madrid have won the competition 13 times in total and four times since 2013-14.

“Real Madrid are a fantastic team, they are the history of world football,” Precassi said, according to SportItalia journalist Alfredo Pedulla.

“It will be a great experience for us and we are delighted to have another world-class match.

“It’s a great pride for us to advance to the second phase of the Champions League once again.”

The patron said the Champions League success from last season, when Atalanta reached the quarter-finals of the competition, has helped La Dea develop.

“It has allowed the club to grow and this is very important to us,” he sai. “We want to make a good impression, that’s the main thing when you meet these great sides.

“We have a gradual growth programme, hoping to be rewarded by the results."