The Atalanta manager appreciated the Blues boss for praising his side, but urges his squad to concentrate on Empoli rather than Manchester United.
have had a seesaw Serie A season, with their latest game coming down to a 3-2 loss at the hands ofMilan
and they had many injuries including Matteo Pessina, Robin Gosens and Berat Djimsiti.
Everyone knows the injuries; we begin this tour de force of fixtures in a difficult trip to Empoli. We haven’t had much time to prepare for this game,”
Gian Piero Gasperini
in his press conference.
“Aurelio Andreazzoli keeps his teams well-organised and Empoli set a good example with their pro-active approach to football.”
La Dea are also thinking about the Champions League match against Manchester United but their opponents are also not in a good condition as they suffered a 4-2 loss by Leicester City today.
“It’s a very prestigious match and an important one, especially considering the state of the group standings, but we have to think about Empoli and take it one game at a time.
“We’re rather forced into some decisions and need to check Duvan Zapata’s fitness today. Luis Muriel needs to regain match fitness after the long lay-off, the kind you don’t get from training alone.
“Joakim Maehle scores lots of goals on international duty, maybe we should put a Denmark shirt on him when he plays for Atalanta!”
Josip Ilicic has also failed to make an impact at club level this season as well, with his off form.
“Ilicic certainly did well on international duty, but his most recent performances for Atalanta have not been very good. We hope he can get into shape, because when he is more dynamic and quick, he becomes an indispensable player. We need the best Ilicic, and for that he needs to be in good shape.”
Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea boss, hailed Atalanta and Gasperini for their football style and when he was asked how he felt, he responded:
“It’s perhaps one of the most prestigious compliments I’ve received. Tuchel won the Champions League, eliminating some big favourites, so we saw that as a reward.
“At the same time, this is Atalanta. If people expect us to win the Scudetto, then that’s going to create a lot of problems. It’s certainly not in my thoughts.”
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