The Atalanta coach admitted that the absence of PSG’s star would make things a little easier for his team.
The doubt about the participation of Kylian Mbappé in the match for the quarterfinals of the Champions League between PSG and Atalanta Wednesday. Although he has already returned to training with his teammates, the French player still has not secured his place in the starting XI, especially because Thomas Tuchel does not want to take any risks, thinking that the Parisians have a chance to go far in Lisbon.
On the other hand, the absence of Mbappé on the playing field would be very well received by the Bergamo team. The coach of the blackblue, Gian Piero Gasperini, admitted that things would be made easier if his rival does not have one of his best players available.
“When I found out he was injured, I immediately said that I was sorry he was injured,” said the Italian coach in an interview with L’Equipe. “But I hope he is not on the field against us! I’m not going to be the hypocrite. I’m sorry, because when a player gets hurt it’s something that makes me sad. But for us, it is obvious that it would be better to play without him “, clarified the DT.
Whether or not Mbappé is on the pitch, Atalanta is not the favorite for the quarter-final bracket. Gasperini knows it very well, but he trusts his team anyway. “We know that PSG is a great team. Like Juventus in Italy, it has dominated its championship for years. PSG is a team built to win the Champions League, where some of the best players in the world are found. That said, it has happened to us, not often, it is true, but even so, to beat Juventus. So we also hope we can win against Paris, “he said.
The former Inter coach closed by clarifying that he will not leave anything to chance in the preparation of this match, undoubtedly the most important in the history of Atalanta. “All aspects matter, technique, tactics, physical condition, but the head is the most decisive, a little more important than all the others. We played many games, we lowered our level a bit at the end, we were not very forceful. But, against Paris, the motivation will be such that we will be able to overcome all the rest ”, he concluded.
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