Juventus President Andrea Agnelli made a controversial comment about Atalanta's presence in the Champions League. The blue-black costumed club is indeed being good in the Champions League, so it makes the club win rivals.
Agnelli said Atalanta was not fit to be a participant in the Champions League. The rationale of President Juventus is history, big names, and the track record of a club.
Atalanta is arguably benefiting from the latest regulations, the team finishing in the top four Serie A zones automatically enter the Champions League group phase.
The regulation makes Atalanta not have to bother passing the qualification phase just to be in a group with a big European club.
"I really respect everything that Atalanta did, but without international history and thanks to a great season, they get direct access to major European competitions, is that right or not?" said Agnelli, dikuitp from Italian Football .
"Then I think of Rome, who have contributed in recent years to maintain Italy's high ranking in UEFA. They went through a bad season then failed (entered the top four and played in the Champions League), with all the consequences of financial damage," he continued.
"We also have to protect investment and costs. So, does Atalanta with that have a smaller chance to appear at the highest level? I don't want to answer. It's about preparing a transparent process to make this decision."
"There are teams that win the league or cup and reach the Champions League elimination based solely on the ranking of their country. The point is how we balance contributions to European football and club performance in one season," said Agnelli, president of Juventus .
managed to make a surprise appearance in Serie A last season by finishing third. Now, the team nicknamed La Dea (the Goddess) is again making the public surprised thanks to its progress in the brilliant 2019-2020 Champions League.
They surprised the public because they made it to the round of 16. In the first leg in the last 16 phase, Atalanta defeated Valencia 4-1. Their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals are even greater.
In fact, this is Atalanta's first chance to appear in the Champions League since the club was founded, 111 years ago.