Gasperini: We are up there with big teams

Mon 29 March 2021 | 10:58

Atalanta boss says he is satisfied with his side’s rapid improvement in recent seasons.


have established themselves as one of the best clubs in Italian football under

Gian Piero Gasperini

. They finished third in Serie A last season and managed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, where they were eliminated by


. Gasperini’s team have continued their good form in the current season as they are standing in fourth place on the league table behind



“I feel at home here,”

the coach told

L’Eco di Bergamo


“In the future I can see an even stronger Atalanta.

“Absolutely. Two years of the Champions League has improved us technically and mentally. The club has grown economically and in experience.

“The Percassi have become even better and stronger. Among the competitors I see economic issues, while we have a very strong budget. Now, it’s a question of exploiting this advantage.”

Asked about the club’s activities in the transfer market, Gasperini responded:

“There’s a solid core in the team, and there’s the possibility to improve through programming,” Gasperini added. “Last minute arrivals aren’t needed.

“The right operations were [Cristian] Romero and [Joakim] Maehle, and [Matteo] Pessina.

“I’m relatively satisfied [with the transfer market]. But compared to last season, we are certainly ahead. The ideas are very clear.

“Let’s say that the ideas are on the table. I no longer want to hear that ‘it’s difficult to improve’, because everything can be improved.

“We need players who are ready, maybe who knows the championship. And there’s no confusion.”

The 63-year-old coach says his side are determined to improve beyond their current form.

“Let’s think about our size,”

he said.

“We played for safety, then to stay in the top 10, now we are up there with the big players.

“Perhaps only Inter and Juve have something more, we are competing with the others. Then maybe Milan and Napoli spend €100m and move away, but you can think of staying with these teams.

“We are intruders, yes, due to our dimensions. But you have to move in advance. There’s everything to be able to do so and I must say that this year we are already planning and moving forward."

Atalanta will face


in their next Serie A match on April 3.

source: SportMob

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