Atalanta hosts Shakhtar Donetsk
After a disastrious debut in the Champions League, Atalanta hosts Shakhtar Donetsk in the search of historic first points in the competition. This game is going to be played at the Stadio San Siro in Milan on Tuesday. That’s our Champions League predictions for it.
Nobody really expected that the debutants Atalanta will suffer such a humilation in their first game in Group C. The Italian side faced Dinamo Zagreb at the Maksimir Stadium and suffered a devastating 0-4. It looks like the lack of Champions League experience really influenced Gian Piero Gasperini’s boys. Mislav Orsic scored a hattrick for Dinamo, while Marin Leovac added one more for the Croatian team.
Atalanta are surely not that bad as this result tells us. On the contrary, La Dea are one of the best Serie A teams at the moment. But if they want to keep their chances of reaching the knockout phase of the Champions League, they must chase the win against Shakhtar.
Shakhtar Donetsk also kicked off their campaign with a loss. The Ukrainian champions hosted the Premier League giants Manchester City in Kharkiv and got beaten with 0-3. Pep Guardiola’s team offered a masterclass performance and won the clash with goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus. Shakhtar didn’t know how to respond to this.
In the Ukrainian Premier League Shakhtar Donetsk are leading the standings with a perfect record of nine wins from nine games played. They look unstoppable in their domestic competition, but this is hardly a surprise.
In our Champions League predictions we can conclude that Shakhtar Donetsk are far more experienced team than Atalanta when it comes to the European competitions, but it doesn’t mean that the Italians can’t win this one. If Gasperini’s boys find a way to deal with the pressure which hurt them so bad in Zagreb, they can do it.