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PSG to face Atalanta in quarters

Publish on 10/07/2020 at 12:53 - D. CROSSAN

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Paris Saint-Germain have been drawn against Atalanta in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Should OL see off Juventus then they'll face either Real Madrid or Manchester City.

PSG know that should they overcome Atalanta in the last eight in Lisbon in a one-off match then they'll face RB Leipzig or Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals.

OL have a 1-0 lead after the first leg of the Round of 16 tie with Juventus and should they come through in the second leg in Turin then they'll be up against Spanish giants Real or top English club City. Napoli, Barcelona, Chelsea or Bayern Munich will be the club to beat in the semi-finals should Rudi Garcia's side continue to progress.

"It's the Champions League, and every team that's there has deserved to reach the quarter-finals," the Paris captain Thiago Silva told PSG TV. "Atalanta are a team that causes a lot of problems for their opponents. Their three forwards are very fast, and it will be difficult. It will be an open game because they play good football, and we do too. I think the team that manages to convert their chances will be the one to win. We're first of all going to think about our friendly games. If we manage to prepare well then we'll be able to reach a high level, because we have high level players. We'll need to work well, and prepare well before playing the two finals of the domestic Cup competitions, which are very important. The squad is aware of that."

"All the teams left in the competition have the quality to win the trophy," explained Thomas Tuchel to PSG TV. "There are only three matches to be played and we'll face Atalanta in a one-off match. In 90 minutes, anything is possible. Atalanta are a very spectacular team, very strong in attack. They play every time in order to score a lot of goals, and they go one-on-one in all parts of the field. It's a really spectacular way of playing and I really enjoy watching them. Our challenge is to be ready for it and to prepare in a serious way. It will be a very tight game, a very hard game, but we are there to win it. The most important thing for us is to prepare for the two domestic Cup finals. The best preparation will be to arrive in Portugal with the two trophies. We must now only be thinking about the match against Saint-Etienne, then about the match against Lyon, before thinking about the quarter-final against Atalanta. Those are the three stages."

UEFA Champions League draw:

Quarter-finals:

1 : Real Madrid CF (ESP) or Manchester City FC (ENG) - Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) or Juventus (ITA)
2 : RB Leipzig (GER) - Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
3 : SSC Napoli (ITA) or FC Barcelona (ESP) - Chelsea FC (ENG) or FC Bayern Munich (ALL)
4 : Atalanta BC (ITA) - Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

Semi-finals:

1 : Winners quarter-final 1 - winners quarter-final 3
2 : Winners quarter-final 2 - winners quarter-final 4

Final :

1 : Winners semi-final 1 - winners semi-final 2

Key dates

7–8 August: Round of 16 second legs (home teams' stadiums)
12–15 August: Quarter-finals (Lisbon)
18–19 August: Semi-finals (Lisbon)
23 August: Final (Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon)

All kick-off times 21:00 CET.