Monday February 11 2019
'Survival is Atalanta's priority!'

Atalanta President Antonio Percassi has insisted that surviving in Serie A remains his club’s ‘No 1 objective’ but admitted the Coppa Italia is ‘feasible’.

Atalanta achieved their best-ever finish of fourth in 2016-17, reached the Europa League last 32 last season and are on course for another top-six campaign under Gian Piero Gasperini, despite regularly selling their best players.

“Our No 1 objective is to avoid relegation,” Percassi told ANSA.

“After that, everything else that comes after it, either Europe or the Coppa Italia, is fantastic

“Offers for Gasperini from big teams? I don’t want to hear about them. Long may he coach Atalanta.

“We’ve planned this for a long time. It’s a strategy that we started working on eight years ago and we’re sticking with it.

“The Champions League is probably ahead of us and remains a dream, but the Coppa Italia could be feasible.”

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