Former Manchester City midfielder Ousmane Dabo has claimed Atalanta could come away from the Etihad Stadium with a 1-1 draw tonight in the Champions League group stage.
The ex-French international played for City for two seasons, between 2006 and 2008, when signed by then-manager Stuart Pearce.
Following injury problems, a bust-up with teammate Joey Barton and falling surplus to requirements – he was eventually let go and returned to previous club Lazio.
Speaking to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, Dabo believes that anything can happen in the Champions League, including Atalanta getting a shock result tonight at the Etihad.
“Manchester City and Atalanta can finish 1-1, you can just never know,” explained the 42-year-old.
“In my opinion, they have had a very good start to the season, confirming last season, it is a stable team that knows how to plan. The company knows very well who to choose, I don’t see why they should have a decline. They can stay high with Lazio, Roma and Milan.”
The Serie A side finished third in the league last season, qualifying for this year’s Champions League group stage where they have failed to hit the ground running.
City will be looking to stifle any effort from the away side to claw their way back to a possible place in the knockout round, with a comprehensive victory that will ensure their own path through to the last 16.
A huge plus for the Premier League champions will be the absence of Atalanta’s star striker Duvan Zapata, who picked up a knock on international duty with Colombia.
But as former player Dabo insists, anything can happen.
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