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Kimpembe: PSG won’t underestimate Atalanta

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PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe has assured his side will not underestimate Atalanta when they clash in the Champions League.

Kimpembe insists PSG will not take Atalanta for granted when they lock horns in Portugal next month.

Both sides take on each other in what is likely to be a high-octane attacking match-up.

PSG and Atalanta have no problem scoring goals and it could well be a case of who outscores the other on the evening. The Italian side’s attacking prowess is highlighted by their 98 Serie A goals so far this season. That tally leaves them with 23 more goals scored than champions Juventus.

Kimpembe is well aware of the danger posed by Piero Gasperini’s men and has indicated PSG will be up to the task.

This will be the first time since 2016 Les Parisiens have qualified for the last eight in the Champions League. We can expect them to go all out for the trophy.

“We’ve been training since June 22 and working towards this date,” Kimpembe told RMC Sport.

“It’s true that we would only have played two competitive games by then, but we’ll have no excuses about our fitness levels, as we’ve worked hard in training and everything is going well.”

This is Atalanta’s first ever Champions League campaign, but they will be in the tournament again next season, having already secured a top four Serie A finish.

“The team is not accustomed to being there, but this certainly isn’t a fluke season. Atalanta are still a dangerous, very attack-minded team. We’re fully aware of what they can do.” Kimpembe continued.

“I can assure you, we will not be underestimating them. I hope for a good game.”

PSG are already short of firepower with Kylian Mbappe ruled out of their encounter against Atalanta. Regardless, the French side are still favorites to win the game (on paper).