Gian Piero Gasperini, technician of the Atalanta, assured this Tuesday that he is saying goodbye to the Champions League, after losing the round of 16 tie against the Real Madrid by a 4-1 total, between roundtrip, with “regrets” for some goals given by his team that prevented him from competing until the end.
“The episode of the two goals damaged the round pass, which was already difficult. It is clear that when you give away those goals everything is more difficult. It is a pity, because all the conditions were in place to make a better match,” he said Gasperini at the end of the game lost 3-1 in the stadium Alfredo Di Stéfano, in statements to Italian television “Sky Sport“.
“We do not play at a technical level as we sometimes manage to do. We play against players with a lot of technique, faster than we are used to,” he continued.
The Atalanta fell 1-3 this Tuesday against Real Madrid Y Gasperini regretted the first two goals conceded. The first one originated from a wrong pass from the goal Marco Sportiello and the second in a naive penalty committed by the Albanian Berat Djimsiti.
The Italian coach explained that he decided to start with the Colombian Luis Muriel as the only forward and left Duván Zapata on the bench to have more options in the final stretch.
“My idea was to have options at the restart and maybe go to extra time. I did not want to have everyone on the field from the beginning and run out of arms in the final stage, when I expected to have more options,” he admitted.
Despite the elimination, Gasperini you are satisfied with the experience gained by your team. “They are fantastic experiences for the team, for the coach, the club, because you see the level of the international players and we must be satisfied. We eliminated the Ajax and this tie leaves us a bitter taste, because it could end differently, “he said.
“We have the A series until May, when we will have the final of the Italian Cup (against Juventus). This match should give us energy to compete in Serie A, which is even and competitive, “he concluded.