Paris Saint-Germain will take on Atalanta in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and many supporters aren’t sure what to expect from the Italian club when the competition resumes in August.
However, two managers who have played against Atalanta say that it won’t be a pleasant time for PSG. Maurizio Sarri of Juventus FC echoed what Pep Guardiola of Manchester City said when playing Atalanta to RMC Sport.
“The best definition of Atalanta, I think it’s Guardiola: it’s like going to the dentist. You can get by, but you can feel pain,” Sarri said.
Sarri has experience coaching against La Dea in Serie A. Meanwhile, City and Guardiola were in the group stage with Atalanta earlier this season.
Defeating Atalanta won’t be a cake-walk that some PSG supporters might think. A few statistics from Wyscout show how dangerous Atalanta can be on offense: they average 17.4 shots on target and 33.4 positional attacks with shots in all competitions.
On defense, they limit their opponents’ shots on target to 10.5 and 23.8 positional attacks with shots. For PSG, offensively, the capital club is averaging 15.3 shots on target and 34.2 positional attacks with shots in all competitions.
Les Parisiens average more than what Atalanta surrenders. We’ll see which side bends and whether or not PSG will feel the pain or get by them to the semi-finals.
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