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Marten de Roon has stuck by his promise to make pizza for more than 1,000 people if Atalanta win the Champions League.

Atalanta face Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals in Lisbon on Wednesday as they look to continue their dream run.

De Roon said earlier this year he would make pizza for the fans in Bergamo if the Serie A club go on to win Europe’s premier club competition.

Atalanta's Marten de Roon has promised to make pizza for 1,000 people if the team wins the Champions League. They face Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night

Speaking ahead of the meeting with PSG, the 29-year-old midfielder is sticking by that plan.

“As I said, if we win the Champions League there will be pizza for more than 1,000 people,” De Roon told a news conference.

“However, if we lose, we will try to reach that goal again next year. I can’t support us losing. We will try again next year and we will see how it goes.”

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Atalanta’s quarter-final will consist of a single game rather than two legs and De Roon believes this benefits his side against a team as strong as PSG.

“Playing only 90 minutes against such a strong side is easier than facing them over two legs,” he told France Football.

“I think it’s a very important match for everyone — for the players, for the city, for the province, for Italy,” De Roon said.

“We can cause an upset, even if it will be difficult. We will give our best. At the time of the draw, I thought it would be a fantastic game.”

After the first leg of the group stage, we didn’t think we could get this far. We wanted to win the last two games to qualify for the Europa League and instead it went well for us.

Dutch midfielder De Roon made his pizza promise back in April and pledged it again this week

The break after the championship has been good for us. We played a lot and it wasn’t easy.

“We don’t run more than the other, we do it better, given that we spend most of the matches in the opposition’s half of the pitch. Our goal is to get the ball back as high up as possible.”

Bergamo was one of the hardest-hit places by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, with more than 6,000 people dying with COVID-19 in the province.

Atalanta has had a remarkable run in what is its first appearance in the Champions League. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini said his team has little to lose against PSG and its star-studded squad.

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