The Atalanta coach spoke in the preview of the Champions League quarter-final match against Paris Saint-Germain.
Gian Piero Gasperini spoke at press conferences in the preview of the quarterfinals of the Champions League and said that Atalanta You have a responsibility to “not disappoint” when faced with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.
“We know very well the expectations surrounding this match, given Bergamo’s passion and love for Atalanta. This year there is even more motivation for everything that has happened. It is a football match but we have to represent our region of the best possible way, “declared the coach.
He added: “We arrived in the best mental condition. We achieved very important results after the break. We are proof that even a team without European heritage can do well and achieve important goals through play, enthusiasm and other things.”
“We have the responsibility not to disappoint. We want to continue to show that Atalanta can sit at the table of the biggest clubs,” said the coach of the only Italian team that is still alive in the Champions League.
The threat of COVID-19 forces the remaining qualifying rounds of the European competition to take place with a single match per instance and behind closed doors in the neutral city of Lisbon. Gasperini admits that he would prefer to play back-and-forth duels, arguing that Atalanta “historically did well in the second match.”
Kylian Mbappé is doubtful due to injury and Angel Di María is suspended, but Gasperini hopes his players will have their hands full when it comes to stopping Neymar. “He is without a doubt one of the strongest in the world. It is a problem for anyone to face him. The best way to defend is to play well. We will try to stop him with our organization. We have faced many strong players,” he closed.
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