Rafael Toloi urged Atalanta to remain “concentrated, as the Europa League play-off with FC Copenhagen could change our campaign.”
The first leg kicks off at 19.00 UK time (18.00 GMT) at the Mapei Stadium, click here for the line-ups.
“This is a very important match for our whole season,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.
“It is played over 180 minutes and we must remain concentrated to reach a target that could change our campaign.
“FC Copenhagen are a quality side, accustomed to playing in European competition every year, including the Champions League.”
Atalanta are again playing their European home games at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium in Reggio-Emilia, as the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia doesn’t meet UEFA requirements.
“The pitch is in a poor state, it was against Hapoel Haifa too, but we must overcome this obstacle to play a great game,” added Toloi.
When Inter lost 1-0 to Sassuolo here on Sunday, Coach Luciano Spalletti was also furious at the condition of the playing turf.
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