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"Gasperini taught me everything"- Verona boss

Fri 27 November 2020 | 13:59

Atalanta are back in business after their important Champions League win against Liverpool, but Gian Piero Gasperini faces his student Ivan Juric’s Verona On Saturday.

Atalanta are back in business after their important Champions League win against Liverpool, but Gian Piero Gasperini faces his student Ivan Juric’s Verona On Saturday.

Ivan Juric

claims to have learned everything from Gian Piero Gasperini, and it would not be surprising if two teams played the same way.

Gasperini taught me everything and has taken Atalanta to a fantastic level,

” said Juric in his press conference.

“I heard some shameful comments from pundits after the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, but he showed them by going to Anfield and winning 2-0, with the same exact system as in the first game. They really are a beast of a team.

“We don’t have the conditions at Verona to think we can follow Atalanta’s footsteps, nor can we really think of doing better than last season, because it’s not easy to replace that many players in one go.

“If I have to give Gasp credit for something, it’s that he made sure the best players remained, he only let go those who could be replaced.”

Juric has repeatedly criticized Verona officials for selling key players. Among the players who moved on from Verona, there’s Matteo Pessina

“I wanted to start a real project here and it didn’t happen. It’s not too late, because I am really happy here and we improved so much on an organisational level. I would love for players to be ours and not just on loan, then we can talk about a project and building for the future. Otherwise it’ll be another year of trying to avoid relegation.”

“We gave Matteo and also Marash Kumbulla a sense of confidence, of knowing their capabilities. Atalanta benefited from the loan deal, as they got back practically free of charge a player who had gained a great deal of experience. I am happy for Matteo, he was very close to me in terms of mentality.”

Juric

also talked about

Maradona

and his memories of him.

“He was my first idol. My feelings are inexplicable, really. His loss makes me cry, yet he did not set a great example as a human being, but the emotions he gave me were utterly unique. Nobody else has done that. The news of his passing feels raw, as if losing a brother, or a father.”

Juric was also asked about coaching a player like

Maradona

.

“There’s no point, as there can never be another. Actually, with Gasp we were watching Lionel Messi at Barcelona. The way Pep Guardiola structured everything in one way, then the ball came to Messi. It was not anarchy, it was organisation around him.

“Perhaps that is why Messi didn’t do as well for Argentina. Or perhaps it’s just that he’s not Maradona.”

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