Ajax game too important, says Atalanta director

Wed 09 December 2020 | 18:37

Atalanta director confirms the conflict in the locker room but claims Ajax match is more important.

Umberto Marino

the director of


has confirmed that there has been a conflict between

Gian Piero Gasperini


Papu Gomez


Josip Ilicic

, but he says that Ajax game in the Champions League is too important.

In order to reach the knock-out stage of Champions League, Atalanta needs only one point in the match against Ajax.

“History is in the balance, the history of Atalanta, because that truly would be an extraordinary result. There’s no point denying it,”

Marino told Sky Sport Italia.

However, the build-up to the match has been dominated by reports of a locker room row with Gomez and Ilicic against coach Gasperini.

There were even some rumours the situation got physical, that Gasperini threatened to resign, or even purported audio circulating on social media.

“Today, as yesterday, there is only one focus and that is Atalanta. There are no individuals here, it’s too important. We are in a magnificent stadium, we’re playing for the history of this club and it is too big to get distracted by other issues.”



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