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Gasperini comments on Papu, Pirlo and Atalanta

Sat 27 March 2021 | 15:13

The Atalanta manager praises Papu Gomez and will “always be grateful” to him, while discussing his side’s playing style as well as Andrea Pirlo’s debut problems at Juve.

Gian Piero Gasperini

had an interview with

Radio Deejay

this afternoon, talking about different subjects.


have pushed their way through the Round 16 of the

Champions League

; however, they were defeated at the hands of

Real Madrid


The objective in the second leg was to keep it at 0-0 until at least half-time and then run a few more risks, but it was always going to be difficult. We were doing it, though,”

said Gasp.

“Real Madrid hadn’t been at their best in recent games, but saying Atalanta were favourites beforehand was a bit much. When the decisive moment of the season came, Madrid changed.”

When Gasperini decided to send Pierluigi Gollini out of the pitch for Marco Sportiello in the second leg clash, many were surprised as the shot-stopper went on to gift a goal.

“We had been conceding a few too many goals compared to the opportunities that were created against us, so we needed a change to get back on track.

“Atalanta have a precise identity and play at our tempo, but we’re not the only ones in Italy with that style. Perhaps we do better in Europe because we like play to run and it annoys us to have the game stopped so often for free kicks. We prefer to keep it going without interruptions.”

Papu Gomez

departed in January to move to


after the problem he had with the coach.

“I didn’t send anyone away. I will always be grateful for everything we did together over the years.”

About the Juventus decision on Pirlo’s management role, Gasperini said:

“I thought the club must have extraordinary faith in this former player and person. Maybe they think he can become a great coach.

“Knowing the club and the sport helps, but coaching is a completely different job, you need to learn and gain experience first. You can learn in many ways, including as coach of Juventus.

“I went through so many steps, right from the youth teams, and I think I improved in every experience. I’ve always been quite experimental with my tactical choices. I remember a Genoa-Juventus with Nicolas Burdisso and Sebastien De Maio in defence, and we put in a fantastic performance. From there, we started to raise the bar.”

source: SportMob