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Atalanta will not change against Real Madrid - Gasperini

Mon 15 March 2021 | 18:51

Atalanta will face a difficult task in Madrid with the defeat they suffered in the first leg.

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini claimed before his side's crucial match against

Real Madrid

that they would not change their style of play for the match.

Tomorrow night, Atalanta will leave for Madrid with a 1-0 defeat in Bergamo and will not have Remo Freuler due to suspension. La Dea will have a difficult mission ahead, but Gasperini has claimed that they will play as usual and will not change their style of play.

He told reporters:

"Real Madrid were the favourites, and now they are even more. We can still qualify, we want to be as competitive as possible," Gasperini said at a press conference.

"We'll see how the game evolves, we'll play our game, with our identity and ideas.

"We are aware Real Madrid can use different systems but are prepared to face different situations. We are not going to change our style.

"We are sorry we couldn't play the first leg as we wanted. We had to play a defensive game, but we can't think about that game. It belongs to the past.

Los Blancos are in high spirits with their recent win in the league and will be ready to play, although Belgian star Eden Hazard will be sidelined for another four to six weeks with an injury.

Gasperini added:

"Now it's more difficult, but we have extra motivation. We want to face the best teams in the world to know which level we are.

"We've never changed our approach or our identity. We could park the bus and wait for a chance, but this is not our mentality.  

"It's hard to face Real Madrid. They don't make many mistakes. Their level is very high, we saw that in Bergamo and we'll see that again tomorrow. They are the favourites, but the pitch will do the talking.

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