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Hostile Welcome Expected For Atalanta’s Europa League Clash And Why Inter Milan Will Be Cheering For Marseille

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It’s looking like a fairytale for Atalanta this season as they prepare to face French club, Olympic Marseille in the Europa League with a place in the final up for grabs over two legs. They will be playing in the Europa League semifinal (after defeating Liverpool in the previous round) for the first time in history.

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They are also in the race for the Champions League in Serie A (can qualify as the fifth placed team) and qualified for the Coppa Italia Final where they will face Juventus. But one team that would be hoping that they fail at this hurdle is fellow Serie A side, Inter Milan.

The Nerazzurri sold Joachin Correa to Marseille at the start of the season, a loan move with an option to make it a permanent deal if the French club qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. In the French Ligue 1 table, it’s impossible for them to make a top four.


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So the Europa League remains their only hope and the club president also recently confirmed the situation regarding the former Lazio forward. One player who can definitely stop the La Dea is Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the former Chelsea and Arsenal striker has warned Atalanta that the Stade Velodrome will be tougher than Anfield:

‘The atmosphere is exceptional.’ Atalanta visit French side Marseille in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. They eliminated Liverpool in the previous round, securing a crucial 3-0 victory at Anfield in the first leg. Aubameyang was also on the books of a former Serie A club, AC Milan, graduating from their academy.

He never made his senior debut with the Rossoneri but scored a goal with the first team in the friendly Trofeo Berlusconi against Juventus in 2007. He warned Gian Piero Gasperini’s men that playing away at Marseille will be even more difficult.Aubameyang warns Atalanta that Velodrome is tougher than Anfield

“Anfield? I can guarantee at 200% that the Velodrome atmosphere is exceptional,” the experienced forward told La Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview. “It’s unmatched, especially on European nights, and it will be like this against Atalanta tomorrow.

“We’ll have 60,000 fans pushing us and, as we did with Villarreal, we want to pump up the fans and involve them in the opening stages. “When I was at Arsenal in 2019, I lost a Europa League Final against Chelsea, and now, I want to qualify again and try to win it,” continued Aubameyang.

“European cups are in Marseille DNA and in mine as well. I love to play in these competitions. Atalanta are a tough opponent. Our position in the table mirrors a very strange season, with highs and lows, but I can guarantee that we are highly motivated and we’ll leave everything on the pitch to reach the Dublin Final.”

Aubameyang’s Arsenal lost the 2019 Europa League Final against Jorginho, Emerson Palmieri and Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, just a few months before the Italian tactician’s appointment as the Juventus coach.

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Recent reports in Italy seems to suggest that Juventus will launch an appeal against the ruling in April that deemed the Bianconeri to be responsible for paying just shy of €9.8m to five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Earlier in April, an arbitration tribunal in Italy ruled that Juventus are responsible for paying Ronaldo a sum of €9.774m, relating to salary manoeuvres during the Covid-19 pandemic. Juventus had made a private agreement with Ronaldo and some of his teammates at the time, which saw their wages deferred until a later date.

Ronaldo then left Turin in 2021 with €19.5m in outstanding salary and wanted the sum to be repaid in full. The tribunal ruled on April 17 that the club and player were equally responsible, and so, the Old Lady was ordered to pay half of the €19.5m, plus interest, that was owed to Ronaldo.

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Reports from Italy on Tuesday are suggesting that the Bianconeri are now leaning towards launching an appeal against the ruling earlier in the month. The club had released their own statement on the matter a few weeks ago, claiming that the ruling ‘lacked any binding effect’.

It has not yet been clarified how long Juve have to make their claim, but it is likely that they are currently well within the appeal period. That period could be anywhere between 30 days and six months after the original ruling, according to a report from Tuttomercatoweb.

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