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Ronald says Rooney up for Atalanta challenge

Ronald Koeman hints Wayne Rooney will start for Everton against Atalanta and warns "every Italian team is hard to beat".

'Rooney is a great player and has showed it from the start of the season, ' said Koeman.

Klaassen also noted that he doesn't want to talk to Everton team-mate Wayne Rooney about last season's Europa League final as he still feels the pain from the defeat to Manchester United, when Rooney was a part of the Red Devils side. They have four points from four games this season. We won our qualifiers. "We can play bad football, we can miss chances, but the commitment and passion they showed in first half was much bigger than we showed".

The host was rarely troubled after the restart as it took early leadership of the group, in the process extending Everton's record of having never beaten Serie A opposition in Italy.

"Of course, after the weekend we need to react", Koeman told the club's website ( ahead of Thursday's first meeting between the teams at the Stadio Citta del Tricolore. "You can rotate for several reasons but, like always, we will start with a strong team".

Atalanta are back in Europe after nearly 30 years, having surprisingly finished fourth in Serie A last season. It is a strong team and hard to beat I have respect for Atalanta and what they achieved last season.

"If you lose the game, you get another opportunity to put it right".

Koeman, who has steered Everton past Slovakia's Ruzomberok and Croatia's Hajduk Split in qualifying, said the club must prepare for a long journey in Europe's second-tier competition after a three-year absence. We have more players available. "So I am confident about tomorrow".


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