Gasperini: ‘Roma are one of the big clubs'

Sat 19 December 2020 | 13:52

Atalanta’s manager turned away the questions about Papu Gomez, concentrating all the attention on the battle against Roma.

Gian Piero Gasperini

is focusing all his side’s attention on the Sunday clash with



We’re up against a Parma side in great shape that is scoring lots of goals and found their feet, having already been a quality team last season. They are one of the big clubs,

” said Gasp.

This clash comes at a time when the top teams are giving their best and it’s going to be very interesting and exciting. These are two sides who are eager to do well.

“Paulo Fonseca did a great job last season too and you can tell now he has a more consolidated understanding of Serie A. We know each other well on a tactical level and our performances have always been good, even if sometimes errors cost us, for example in the first half against Juventus.”

After a thumping 5-0 defeat to




have decided to make a change, adapting to have less attack and more balanced defense.

What matters is the result, so it’s the same thing whether you win 4-2 or 1-0. After the drubbing by Liverpool, it was fundamental that we find a different situation. We need a long run of positive results


Later the questions focused on the tension between

Papu Gomez

and Gasperini and the fact that he has been sidelined against Juventus and will probably be transferred in January.

If we want to talk about football, then fine

,” was the coach’s response. “

We’ve been talking about this for days, but there’s an important match tomorrow and we have to keep our focus on that. As far as


I’m concerned, there are several captains in the squad, including Marten de Roon, Remo Freuler and Rafael Toloi. Every team needs more than one captain.

“I do not control what is written or said outside this team, what interests me is that when we are on the pitch or at the training ground, everyone must respect the rules of the club. We need to all have the same attitude.”

Mario Pasalic, Mattia Caldara and Matteo Ruggeri are not yet featuring for Atalanta. However, Josip Iicic has been overcoming the struggle.

Aleksei Miranchuk has quality, he’s a player who can provide the final ball more than play upfront, so we have to discover his characteristics and how to make them useful to the team.”

Four of the players that may feature for Roma tomorrow have transferred from Bergamo.

Leonardo Spinazzola is doing even better than previous seasons, he’s in incredible form. I’ll be honest, we were all a bit disappointed with Roger Ibanez, as he could’ve been an important player for us, but he didn’t have enough experience of Italian football. That’s why we went for Cristian Romero, but we knew Ibanez would show his quality in the long run.”

source: SportMob

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