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Gasperini pleased with competitive Atalanta

Tue 05 January 2021 | 14:36

Gian Piero Gasperini believes Atalanta have always been ‘competitive’ and is delighted that Josip Ilicic is recovering. He also hailed Matteo Pessina for being a ‘very useful player’.


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Gian Piero Gasperini

was pleased with the thumping 5-1 result.

La Dea’s manager insisted that his side have to be ‘careful’ in the battle against Parma ahead of the game.

They are all particular games, with different levels of difficulty,

” he said. “

The matches are all balanced, then everything can become easy during the match, but initially it’s not always like this.

“We have to be careful with Parma, when teams are in these conditions, they give something extra. We want to continue this streak, we need to put our best features on the pitch.

“There’s not much time, it’s the first training session we do after Sunday. I’m certain about tomorrow’s training but I also want to evaluate today’s session, if there are some physical problems or not.

“I don’t really want to rotate, with five changes, there’s no need for big changes. It shouldn’t be done to please the squads, changing five players is rotating in itself, the rest risks creating false expectations


Gasperini was delighted to see that


is ready for action again in the clash against Sassuolo as he contributed to their win.

Ilicic could shoot a little better,

” he joked. “

I saw him kick like a while ago, the important thing is that the lad is recovering


In the first half against Sassuolo, he created a lot, but he could have finished better. He is always present, catches the ball and touches many of them.

“When he makes a mistake, he doesn’t get discouraged but tries to do better.”

Atalanta’s manager was satisfied with his attacking midfielder



He’s a very useful player, I don’t know if he will always play in that position or in midfield,

” Gasperini said.

We are a bit tight in the middle, we hope to recover [Mario] Pasalic as soon as possible. Pessina is adapting well, he helps the team a lot.

“I think the team should be evaluated as a whole, I think of the defenders or the midfielders, [Remo] Freuler and [Marten] de Roon for example. They are always there, together with the defence there’s a strong mentality.

“The forwards then score goals and stand out, but they take turns. What’s never missing is the hard and consistent core that guarantees the team’s competitiveness.”

He also revealed that Rafael Toloi is back in action and will play on Wednesday instead of Cristian Romero.

He had a good training session yesterday too, he has recovered,

” Gasperini said. “

Pasalic and Romero, who is disqualified, are out



are sitting one point from the relegation zone, and Gasperini believes things can still take a turn as Championship is ‘unpredictable’.

The table is tight, the teams are grouped and there are no teams detached. When they are all in there, it can be a positive or negative period for one or the other.

“It’s an unpredictable championship.”

source: SportMob