Atalanta’s manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, acknowledges that the club is facing a challenge with the players away on national duty ahead of the Spezia tie and says: ‘Our season hasn’t been awful.”
For the supporters ofInter Milan
, this has been a very upsetting outcome and has led them down. WithDuvan Zapata
missing the shot, Robin Gosens’ goal ruled as offside, and Ivan Provedel pulling off many saves,Atalanta
deserved three points with it being the club’s first 0-0 tie in more than a year.
“These are not easy games, we were up against a side in great shape and they were very focused in defence for 90 minutes. We created many opportunities and didn’t convert them, so it ended 0-0. The performance wasn’t perfect, but the team did what it needed to,” Gasp said.”
Gasperini explained before that there is going to be no squad rotation.
“Amplifying the squad does not mean strengthening it, that just means having more options. Having said that, our season hasn’t been awful, we haven’t had the points we probably should’ve done, but players are settling in, others have prospects for the future, it’s not going badly.
“I think there has been a distorted communication around Atalanta. There’s so much talk of squad rotation, but these are all part of our team and in my view that’s not really a thing. There isn’t a starting XI and that’s it. I choose the best line-up available for the situation at that time.”
“I always thought international duty was an honour as well as motivation for players. What never happened to me before was that they were away for over a week, arrive on Friday and then we play on Saturday.”
“It’s not optimal against clubs who do not have that situation, but we can’t change it, so we must try to do our best in these circumstances.”