This might not have been expected but the 2020 events created a version of the knockout phase of the Champions League that may well be a breath of fresh air.
In exchange for conventional heavyweights going head-to – head over two legs, each quarter-final will consist of one match, in Lisbon ‘s neutral climate.
What’s more, six of the 8 players, including Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain, have never won the tournament.
They aren’t even equal with their off-pitch approaches: Atalanta’s record signing, Luis Muriel, charged with Neymar less than a 10th of the amount PSG paid. Even, when it comes to entertainment interest, these are two teams going toe-to-toe this season.
Atalanta versus PSG could be a truly spectacular battle – the possible lack of two star names could spell major trouble