Atalanta President Antonio Percassi shrugged off talk of a second consecutive Champions League campaign. “Let’s avoid relegation first.”

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia ahead of the Champions League match against Manchester City, which is hosted at San Siro, Percassi was asked about the club playing in their own ground in next season’s Champions League.

“Don’t overdo it, lets think first about avoiding relegation,” said the patron.

Asked about playing against Manchester City this evening, Percassi stated that he was happy to be facing quality teams, even if they lost 5-1 last time.

“Against a team like this we have to learn and we saw in the first match how good they are. We understand that football in the Champions League is different to other competitons. We hope the second game will be a beautiful one.”

Atalanta were refused the right to play in the Gewiss Stadium by UEFA, due to the stadium not meeting competition requirements.

However the club are in the middle of refurbishing the stadium, bringing it up to modern standards.

The curva nord was demolished and rebuilt over the summer, with the opposite end to get the same treatment next summer.

When the project is finished in 2021 it will host 23,000 people.

They play their current European matches at San Siro.

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