Thomas Tuchel has said Atalanta are ‘bizarre and crazy’ and Davide Zappacosta agrees with the Chelsea tactician.
and believes they are ‘bizarre and crazy’.
“When we analyzed the team, we fell in love with it. They are bizarre and crazy,”
tactician told Il Corriere della Sera earlier this week.
“We went back and forth in the recording, fast forward and rewind, to look and understand what they were doing.”
Tuchel faced Atalanta when he was in charge at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2020.
believes Thomas Tuchel is right when he says Atalanta are ‘bizarre and crazy’.
“It’s a nice compliment. Atalanta are intriguing because the team refuses the idea of not playing well and always maintains its identity, also against the bigger clubs,”
Zappacosta said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We are crazy because we never rest, with Atalanta a game is never closed, in a good or a bad way.”
Zappacosta returned to Bergamo from Chelsea, completing a permanent €10 million move. Although Fiorentina had been trying to sign the Italian right wing-back, he chose to go back to his former club.
“[Atalanta director] Luca Percassi always reassured me: they wanted me as much as I wanted to come back,”
“And at the end of last season, I told Alessandro Lucci, my agent, that Atalanta were at the top of my list”.
Zappacosta then praised Gian Piero Gasperini as he has been impressed by him.
“I was particularly impressed by his mentality. He always thinks about the future. He looks beyond, he is never satisfied. If we play a good game, he asks us to forget about it.”
The 29-year-old has been able to score one goal through eight appearances so far this season. He spent the last season on loan at Genoa. His contract at Bergamo is going to expire in June 2025.
He also spent two seasons at Chelsea during which he was able to score two goals through 52 appearances.
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