Europa League | "In collectively very strong": Bayer warned against Atalanta
After the attendance success at 1: 1 at FC Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen wants to make the first step towards quarterfinals of the Europa League in northern Italy. Atalanta Bergamo, Bayer Bundesliga Bayers director Simon Rolfes expects a clash of two teams with an offensive urge.
Stable and partly strong attack football, the Werkself presented itself last. The team of coach Gerardo Seoane has won five of the past seven games five and lost only 1. In the football Bundesliga Bayer is in third place and on Champions League course. The lead on the first non-royal class course is four points.
Bergamo was always represented in the Champions League. This time, the club from Lombardy in the group stage behind Manchester United and FC Villarreal was third. The club, who awarded national Robin Gosens in winter to Inter Milan is in the series a fifth and is six points behind a royal class rank. Last, it ran through. At the weekend, the team of Coach Gian Piero Gasperini lost 0: 1 at the AS Rome.
Bayer coach Seoane can almost fall back on the same players as well as last in the league. However, the Swiss must refrain from Midfielmann Kerem Demirbay. The 28-year-old is allowed to intervene after his red card from the game against Betis Seville only in the second leg.
That says the coach
Demirbay is replaced by Exequiel Palacios, as Seoane confirmed on Wednesday. The 43-year-old football teacher has great respect for the opponent and the development of Bergamos in recent years. "Atalanta is very strong in the collective," said Seoane. "They have developed good players in recent years. We studied the team exactly - it will be a difficult task, but we can do that."