Argentine Alejandro Papu Gómez was left out this Saturday from Atalanta’s list for this Sunday’s game against Roma, corresponding to the twelfth day of Serie A.
Gómez, captain of Atalanta, lives the most difficult moment of his career in Bergamo, after a hard altercation with coach Giampiero Gasperini had on December 1 during halftime of the Champions League match tied against Midtjylland.
After lining him up as the starter in the following week’s European game against Ajax, Gasperini left him on the bench for ninety minutes in the 3-0 win against Fiorentina on December 13 and allowed him 37 minutes last Wednesday in the tie 1-1 against Juventus.
This Saturday, the Italian coach decided to exclude him from the call for the duel against Rome, in which the Colombians Duván Zapata, Luis Muriel and Johan Mojica and the Argentines José Luis Palomino and Cristian Romero are present.
“There are situations that should be studied. This year, after two seasons, the role of ‘Papu’, that of all-field player, in some games was difficult for the team to propose. There must always be confidence and availability. If not, it is more difficult for me and for the player “, Gasperini assured last week when commenting on the situation.
“Dear Atalanta fans, I am writing to you here because I have no way to defend myself and talk to you. I just wanted to tell you that when I leave the truth will be known about everything. You know me and you know who I am. I love you, your captain “, was Gómez’s response posted the next day, December 14, on “Instagram.”