Tuesday 27 October, for the Gewiss Stadium and Bergamo it will be a first time: "We are sorry to play this second Champions League without an audience, but the pandemic is taking away from everyone - the premise of Gian Piero Gasperini on the eve -. The pride and the satisfaction of being able to do it here after having had to emigrate to Reggio Emilia for the Europa League and then to San Siro ".
In the same vein as the Atalanta coach, in videoconference before the finish, Hans Hateboer: "It's a pity that there can't be fans, family and friends: playing against Ajax for a Dutchman out of Holland is special. It will be special. difficult for the opponents to play at home, because they know that we too have values. "
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"From a tactical point of view we are completely different. They are a laboratory of different and innovative solutions in the league - observes the coach -. A little less in the Champions League where the level is more balanced. As a club, it remains a point of reference for me. aspect of ideas, because it proposes very effective ones ".
Erik ten Haag's 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 against the Nerazzurri's 3-4-1-2, in short, with an announced defection (left adductor problems): "De Roon is important for his value, but we have already played without him and did well in the league too. We are not blown away by him. "
There is one two defeats between Napoli and Sampdoria to be archived: "It's another game, it will be very open. With Sampdoria we had to overcome a team that was closed in defense and counterattacks. Ajax attack with many more men and we will have to take care of its impact force. After a defeat we leave and think about the next challenge, looking at mistakes and trying not to commit them ".
As for the choices, Toloi is back in defense, while Romero (on the bench last Saturday but excellent with Midtjylland, with the assist for Zapata's 1-0) with Palomino and Djimsiti is in the run-off for the other two places.
Pasalic will be in the middle with Freuler, while in front of the full-back Gomez the alternative to the Colombian duo Muriel-Zapata (both scored in Denmark last Wednesday) is one of the two together with Ilicic.
With room for possible surprises: "Miranchuk is recovered, with Midtjylland he entered and also scored. So he is available".
On the flanks, the untouchables are back, including Hateboer: "The outsiders are important for our way of playing, but I'm not saying that Depaoli and Mojica did badly with Sampdoria: when we joined Robin Gosens and I, nothing changed, not It went better. The difficult thing is playing against opponents with nine or ten players behind the ball line - the winger's sentence -. Daley Blind is strong, very intelligent, he can read the game well. But it's not just him quality".
The man on the bench lets out a warning to the Amsterdam team: "He won 13-0 with Venlo, but he was also healthy against Liverpool. In Eredevisie he can afford to experiment, a little less in the Champions League: we have good hopes to be able to make it more difficult for them too. From this confrontation the strength relationship between the two teams will come to light ".