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Atalanta midfielder Cristante excited facing Everton ace Rooney

Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante is excited to be facing Everton ace Wayne Rooney in the Europa League.

Cristante is expected to start for Atalanta when they welcome Everton to Sassuolo's Mapei Stadium.

He declared: “The Europa League? The draw was a bit unlucky for us as we were paired with Lyon and Everton. Facing big teams, however, is challenging.

“Hearing Rooney's name has a certain effect on you… That aside, we know we'll be facing a great team, who have been near the top of the Premier League for several years.

“We're studying their characteristics. It's a pity, of course, not to be playing at our stadium after so many years of waiting to return to Europe. Still, I'm sure our fans will respond greatly."

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