Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini said it is a pride to play against Real Madrid and warned his side that they could be dangerous even without some of their players.
at the Gewiss Stadium in the first leg of the Champions League on Wednesday and the Orobici coach is hopeful to play the return leg with a chance of qualifying for the next round.
“We were able to do our business on the road and that allowed us to advance [from the group stages],”
said at a press conference
“We want to arrive in Madrid and still be in the running. Tomorrow is nothing more than the first half.”
Gasperini also said that the Orobici are up against it when Real Madrid arrive, even if they have many of their key players out due to injuries.
“Real are the most successful team in the world, they have more income and fame,”
“For Atalanta, it’s a pride to meet such a club, then comes the game. We have to think about the match.
“They have such a habit of playing in this competition and they are very dangerous even without some players.
“Whoever goes on the pitch is still a starter. We want to make a good impression.”