Ademola Lookman Confident Atalanta Will Beat Bayer Leverkusen, Ready for Victor Boniface Clash

Ademola Lookman Confident Atalanta Will Beat Bayer Leverkusen, Ready for Victor Boniface Clash

Lukman Mumuni
updated at May 22, 2024 at 12:02 PM
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  • Ademola Lookman has set sights on winning the Europa League
  • Atalanta will face Bayer Leverkusen in the final on Wednesday
  • Lookman is expected to play a key role for the Italian outfit

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Nigeria forward, Ademola Lookman is beaming with confidence ahead of the final of the Europa League against unbeaten German side, Bayer Leverkusen.

Lookman is one of the players to watch out for following his incredible run of form since the turn of the year, scoring important goals for both Nigeria and Atalanta.

His goals in the quarter-final and semi-finals of the Europa League proved crucial as the Italian side eye their first European laurel.

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Ademola Lookman celebrates after scoring against AC Milan in the Serie A. Photo: Emilio Andreoli.
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The Super Eagles star will also be facing two of his compatriots Nathan Tella and Victor Boniface, both of whom have been essential for Xabi Alonso's men.

The newly-crowned German champions are to taste defeat this season and are currently on a run of 51 games without a loss.

However, Lookman believes Atalanta has what it takes to stop the Germans.

"It's a big occasion for us as a club, as players, and as a team so yes, I am looking forward to that," he told the club's YouTube Channel.
"We are coming up against a top team, they play top football, and like we've shown this season, we play our football to the best of our ability and we will need to do the necessary," he added.
"I think this season, we have been very very strong in the league, the Coppa Italia, the Europa League, two finals. It's been a great season and like I said it is not over yet and we have to finish the job for our fans and we are looking forward to that."

Lookman has netted 12 goals across all competitions for Atalanta this season, per Transfermarkt.

Lookman makes claim for CAF POTY

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ademola Lookman became one of the frontrunners for CAF's 2024 African Player of the Year award after an outstanding run with both club and country this year.

The 26-year-old starred as Atalanta reached their second final of the year following victory over Olympique Marseille in the UEFA Europa League semi-final.

Lookman scored and provided an assist in the 3-0 win in Bergamo as the Italians strolled to a 4-1 aggregate win.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.