Gian Piero Gasperini says Atalanta’s first victory away to Juventus since 1989 has brought joy not only for him but also the club and the whole city of Bergamo.
went bravely to the Allianz Stadium against aJuventus
side that had shown its instability only four days before when they were crushed byChelsea
in the Champions League on Tuesday.
’s goal in the 28th minute of the game marked this historic victory for the Bergamasco team.
“It was a joy for me, but for the club and the whole city of Bergamo. It was a hard-fought and very physical game, but one Atalanta played at the very least on level terms,”
“Many things were said about Atalanta at the start of this season, but we started well or we wouldn’t have 28 points. There were some games that didn’t go our way or the points we deserved, but I never saw Atalanta struggling.
The Atalanta injury problem is intensifying asRobin Gosens
are both out due to injuries, whileFederico Mattiello
will miss the game through suspension.
“We were in an emergency situation for a while due to injuries, that is true, and other players had to adapt to different roles. It was a setback, but everyone stepped up and delivered.
“Some results, like the home defeat to Milan, made everything look worse than it really was.
“There were moments when we were missing almost all our center-backs, so we were lacking physicality. Don’t forget we were 2-0 up away to Manchester United before capitulating on set play situations.
“Now we have more options and more physicality at our disposal. If we handle that surge physically, then we are always able to create in attack at the other end.
“We always put the performance in and take the game to the opposition. We’ve shown maturity and self-belief in the Champions League against some very strong opponents, learning from some slaps in the face and allowing us to grow. We’re pretty much always competitive, though.”
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