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"Atalanta aim for the Coppa now - Gasperini

Sat 15 May 2021 | 20:01

The Atalanta manager revealed that his side ‘ground to a halt’ in the 4-3 victory over Genoa, but they are planning to defeat Juventus in the Final of the Coppa Italia.

A victory was necessary for Champions League qualification and they accomplished it at Marassi.

It was tough to believe we’d do it three years in a row, especially this season, as it gets more difficult to keep repeating yourself,”

Gasperini told Sky Sport Italia.

“The lads had a great reaction from January onwards and managed to secure it with a round to spare, despite having sides like Juventus, Napoli and Milan all close by. All the years have been wonderful, this one was probably even more so.”

Although they had a 4-1 lead, they finished the game 4-3 after the began to relax.

“Football is a strange sport. The same team that came on so determined and eager to finish the job today with a wonderful first half, ended up not letting their foot off the gas, but grinding to a halt. We were dominating and Genoa deserve credit for coming back into it, but we really did put in a two-faced performance.

“In a way it’s good, as being unsatisfied with this performance can help us prepare for Wednesday.

It is going to be the Coppa Italia Final with Juventus, which is the second

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reached.

“Winning a trophy would be a crowning moment for all we’ve done over the years. People say Atalanta don’t win, but a club like ours in the Champions League for three years in a row is something remarkable. A trophy would be the icing on the cake, but in my view we’re winners regardless.

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are improving every season, with their second place on the table, will they compete for the title next season?

“It depends on the season. Teams like Inter can win 11 in a row. We increased our points average from the 60s to 70s and now 80s, but you need more to win the Scudetto.

“I think we lost just one of our last 14 games, and that was to Inter, winning 12 of them. What we must aim to do in future is improve the team and the performances.”


source: SportMob