Gasperini admits to Atalanta’s ‘ugly victory’ against Salernitana

Sun 19 September 2021 | 2:59

Atalanta ended their negative start to the season with a narrow victory over Salernitana.

Thanks to a 75th-minute goal by 

Duvan Zapata

La Dea achieved a precious 1-0 Serie A victory over newly-promoted Salernitana

, a result that was saved by the woodwork and their goalkeeper, Juan Musso.


“We met a team with great energy, an atmosphere that made them fired up and it was a difficult match,”







La Dea

 have now started the season with 

two consecutive away victories

, even though 


s side’s performance wasn’t well.

“That is football! It is not always easy to explain. Salernitana started strong, they were coming off three defeats, so felt the adrenaline more than we did, but as soon as they lowered the intensity, we took control.

“It is a result that penalises Salernitana, we won’t lie, but this is football.”

“It’s true that there is a concern playing after the Champions League that it’s a different level of motivation and there is the risk you might underestimate a fixture like this against Salernitana. Mentality is very important and with a bit of luck we got the points this evening.”

“I’ve won a few games playing ‘ugly’ and lost a lot more playing well. It’s more difficult every year to repeat ourselves, to keep raising the bar, especially when there’s a lot more attention on us now. Once again, the mind controls everything and we need to work on that more than anything else.”


Davide Zappacosta

 was re-routed to a new more advanced role amid an injury crisis.

“Zappacosta can do anything! He has good feet, can run hard and is one of the best wingbacks I’ve ever worked with, and I have worked with some very good ones. I hope he can receive a recall for the Italy squad.”

source: DAZN

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