Fabio Capello maintains Atalanta ‘are not afraid’ of Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League. ‘They play on level terms.’
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La Dea are in their third consecutive – and third ever – Champions League campaign, with a fraction of the budget that Manchester United can look to.
Yet they also go into this game as the group leaders with four points from two games, still unbeaten and seeking a third straight qualification for the knockout rounds.
“Atalanta started out as Champions League virgins, as it were, but they know what they are doing now,” said Sky Sport Italia pundit and former England manager Capello.
“They are no longer afraid, they play with character and in my view tonight they will play Manchester United on level terms.
“Gian Piero Gasperini did a great job of helping all his players to mature. They are not remotely nervous about these situations.”
Atalanta do have history of impressing on their travels in the Champions League, with victories away to Liverpool and Valencia.
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