"I never thought of going home".
These two quarterfinal opponents couldn't have been pitched further apart in terms of expectations; this season was Atalanta's first in the Champions League, while PSG has been burdened by expectations in the competition since Qatari owners took over the club in 2011 and welcomed a host of expensive signings.
PSG will therefore meet Atalanta at an empty Estadio da Luz on Wednesday at 1900 GMT, with the winners advancing to a semi-final against either Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig, who play on Thursday. From start to finish, we thought about qualifying for the semi-finals.
We knew that they were very aggressive, that they pressed all over the pitch. We will have to do what we can to have another great performance and I hope that we will go to the final.
The Italians are fresh from finishing third in Serie A and are spurred on by the awful suffering of their home city of Bergamo at the peak of the pandemic earlier this year.
"I think it's a very important match for everyone - for the players, for the city, for the province, for Italy", De Roon said. "It looked as it we could do it", said Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
The Champions League is finishing its season with a last-eight mini-tournament played in two Lisbon stadiums. After all, their annual wage bill is believed to be equivalent to what PSG pay Neymar alone.
"We have shown that without being a big club or having massive investment it is possible to do well in the Champions League with passion, good football and desire".
Mbappe, one of the key members of the PSG squad, suffered an ankle injury during their French Cup final win over Saint-Etienne in July.
When Neymar, who was signed for a world record fee of $263 million in 2017, squandered a one-on-one opportunity inside the first three minutes - driving deep into the Atalanta half only to fluff his shot in front of goal - it set the tone for what for 90 minutes was a frustrating evening for the French champion.
But PSG equalized in the 91st minute as Brazilian defender Marquinhos put the ball into the Italian side's net.
The substitutes helped transform PSG's fortunes - first with Kylian Mbappe's arrival with 30 minutes remaining and then Choupo-Moting 20 minutes later.
Moments later, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting popped up with a victor to shatter Atalanta hearts.