"If you don’t kill off the game, you risk starting all over again." Atalanta coach, Gian Piero Gasperini says the team shouldn't be so careless after a 3-1 victory against Cagliari.
managed the Round of 16 tie with Cagliari, yet were rejected several times by goalkeeper, Guglielmo Vicario.
“We played very well, but if you don’t kill off the game, then you risk having to start all over again. We saw that today with the equaliser, but over the 90 minutes it was very good,”
“We’re in a good period of form, but if we can be more prolific, more clinical in front of goal and finish games off earlier, it’ll be better.
“There are a lot of games this season, but we introduced players who haven’t had as much room and they did an excellent job. That allows me to widen the options and give everyone more guarantees going forward.”
Speaking of Luis Muriel,
“He is a gem of a forward, who always had enormous quality, he just needed to show it consistency. He is doing that with us, even if he often plays from the bench. I think he has found the right environment in Bergamo for him to give his best,”
“Now that there are five substitutions and we play every three games, it becomes more important to have alternatives. I must say that I didn’t like the idea of five substitutions at first, but it’s been a great boost.
“The fact we are able to give someone 50-60 minutes on the pitch means he can play several games in a row, whereas with several 90 minutes in quick succession, he’ll then need a rest.”
will play against either Lazio or Parma in the quarter-final, with the semi-finals fixed for February.