Gian Piero Gasperini (Picture Credit score: Reuters) Gian Piero Gasperini needs Atalanta to ship a message to Paris Saint-Germain forward of their Champions League conflict. AFP Milan Final Up to date: July 27, 2020, 11:43 PM IST […]
Gian Piero Gasperini needs Atalanta to ship a message to Paris Saint-Germain forward of their Champions League conflict.
- AFP Milan
- Final Up to date: July 27, 2020, 11:43 PM IST
Gian Piero Gasperini urged Atalanta on Monday to seal second spot in Serie A to ship a powerful message to Champions League quarter-final opponents Paris Saint-Germain.
“We’re masters of our future, the second place relies upon solely on us,” mentioned coach Gasperini forward of Tuesday’s match at Parma, with their ultimate league recreation in opposition to Inter Milan subsequent weekend in Bergamo.
“Closing the championship massive could be one of the simplest ways to face PSG.”
Atalanta have reached the Champions League final eight of their debut season, with the ultimate rounds to be performed in Portugal subsequent month.
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The Bergamo facet are assured of taking part in subsequent season’s elite European competitors and are concentrating on second place within the league for the primary time within the membership’s historical past, after ending third final time period.
“Even when the principle goal was to qualify for the Champions League, if we win each we’re second, the perfect outcome ever within the historical past of Atalanta,” mentioned Gasperini.
Juventus have already secured a ninth straight Serie A title, however three groups are in competition for the runners-up spot — Inter Milan, Atalanta and Lazio.
Each Atalanta and Lazio are only one level behind Antonio Conte’s Inter.
Inter Milan on Tuesday host Italian Cup winners Napoli, who’re in seventh, whereas Lazio are at dwelling in opposition to relegated Brescia.
Gasperini praised his crew for his or her resilience regardless of the difficulties since soccer returned in Italy on June 20 after a three-month coronavirus lockdown.
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“It was actually tough for any crew, taking part in so many video games in 40 days, on this local weather with the frequency of many consecutive video games,” he mentioned.
“It was a heavy effort in all respects, bodily and psychological for all groups.
“I have to say we have all the time proven (ourselves) to be in fine condition, and in addition had a little bit of luck that allowed us to not lose gamers, other than Josip Ilicic.”
Gasperini mentioned he hopes that subsequent season will see Serie A return nearer to regular after weeks of taking part in behind closed doorways and with stringent well being rules.
“It was an odd championship, a fragmented season,” added the 62-year-old former Inter Milan, Palermo and Genoa coach.
“An thrilling season till February with stadiums full of individuals, then this virus fully broke everybody’s lives.
“All of us managed to adapt. Hopefully there can be extra regular circumstances once we restart in September as soccer loses an excessive amount of like this.”