Wednesday February 21 2018
Gasperini: 'Atalanta have opportunity'

Gian Piero Gasperini notes Atalanta “have the opportunity to progress in the Europa League and will do everything to take it” against Borussia Dortmund.

The first leg ended 3-2 for the Germans in the final minutes, but the decider is at the Mapei Stadium on Thursday at 20.05 GMT.

“We are proud just with the fact we are facing such an important match. It remains a game of football and that’s how we will approach it,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“Everything that is around it, the enthusiasm and the eagerness, needs to be locked out so we can focus our energy on the game.

“The first leg was very useful. There were moments when either side had the upper hand, we got a sense of each other’s strengths. Now we know each other better and hope not to make the same mistakes.”

Michy Batshuayi bagged a brace for Borussia Dortmund and is certainly the danger man since his loan move from Chelsea.

“I think they will have special treatment for Josip Ilicic, considering he also scored two goals. Borussia’s strength is in attack, we all know that, and we’ll have to cut down on some of our errors.

“The first leg ended with a Dortmund advantage, but the tie is played over 180 minutes and we have a good chance. All things considered, it’s a result that gives us a chance of going through. I think 51-49 to them and both teams will try to win the game.

“If we were to go through, it’d be a great thing for me and for the city of Bergamo. We have the opportunity and will do everything we can to take it.”

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