Marco Verratti suggests Paris Saint Germain must step up their game in order to overcome Atalanta in the Champions League.
After completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies, Paris Saint-Germain now turn their attention on a European quest.
PSG will play Atalanta in the one-legged Champions League quarter-final at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal on 12th August.
The French giants appeared to have taken their foot off the gas in the last few matches. They looked unconvincing in attack in both the French Cup final and Coupe de la Ligue final, winning the former marginally while taking the help of penalty shootouts to win the latter.
Marco Verratti believes this slump is the result of their prolonged lack of competitive football, since Ligue 1 was prematurely canceled back in April.
Regardless, he wants his side to return to their usual best as he is wary of the upcoming opponents.
“We are not yet at the top,” said Verratti, according to Football Italia.
“We’ve been standing still for a long time. We still have some time to prepare but those who have been able to play continuously have a small advantage.
“We have to get to this game with clear heads. We know the value of Atalanta, they will be tough, but at this stage of the competition, it’s normal.”