Friday May 10 2019
Gasp: No Coppa distraction

Gian Piero Gasperini has warned Atalanta not to get ‘distracted’ by the Coppa Italia Final when they face Genoa on Saturday.

Atalanta are three points clear of their Serie A rivals in fourth place, which is enough for access to next season’s Champions League, but they also have a shot at silverware the following weekend.

“We mustn’t let ourselves be distracted by the Coppa Italia,” Gasperini said at a Press conference.

“There’s an opportunity to qualify for the Champions League, which we must catch.

“We know all our games ahead are crucial but we must think about each of them at a time, without looking too far forward.

“Winning against Genoa would mean taking out a serious mortgage on the League. We created this opportunity and it’s not something that happens every season.

“Therefore, our focus is at 100 percent because we can still be in or out of everything. From tomorrow night, we’ll think about the cup Final.”

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“It will be a different type of game,” stressed the Coach, who has managed the Grifone twice in his career.

“We must be careful because we’ll be facing a team who need the points and have already shown us what they can do.

“It’s a game that we must overcome, even with the players we have out, because it’s crucial.

“I always follow Genoa with affection. It’s a very enthusiastic place, where I experienced so many fantastic moments.

“Genoa are doing well physically and have had some good games lately: they’re a team who have quality ​​and I’m convinced they’ll stay up.”

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