Atalanta player Martin de Roon has reiterated the promise he made a few months ago by making 1,000 pizzas for people if Atalanta were able to win the UEFA Champions League.
The surprise package of this year’s UEFA Champions League have managed to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time and face giants Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
de Roon has been an impressive figure in Atalanta’s team this season helping them to their best Serie A finish this season. The club narrowly missed out on second place and finished the 2019-20 season in the third position.
de Roon is a man of his word
“As I said, if we win the Champions League there will be pizza for more than 1,000 people”, said de Roon
“However, if we lose, we will try to reach that goal again next year. I can’t support us losing. We will try again next year and we will see how it goes”, de Roon added.
The club from Bergamo have scored 98 goals this season and have stunned teams, both in Italy and in Europe. The one-legged knockout style tournament begins in Lisbon tonight, and Atalanta believe that the tie could go either way against the French champions.
Coach Gian Piero Gasperini said his team has little to lose against PSG and their strong squad.
“I have already said this, we are never going to lose. We are going to win or to learn. We are here possibly to learn but we are going to try to win the competition.”
Gasperini said he is expecting Kylian Mbappé to play from the start after recovering from injury.
“We will see what happens. Of course, Mbappé is another amazing player who can add a lot to his team. We are getting ready as he is going to play.”
Paris Saint Germain will be hoping to have their young star Kylian Mbappe back to fitness, who returned to training ahead of the tie. With the likes of Neymar, Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi, they will start the match as favourites over the Italian side in Portugal tonight.
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The mini-tournament in Lisbon will be played in two stadiums, while the semi-finals to be played next week. The final of this year’s UEFA Champions League will be on August 23rd and with unpredictable results in the last few years of Europe’s elite competition, it looks to be another season of headaches for the bookmakers’.
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