NEWS
Saturday January 25 2020
Gasp: 'If Atalanta were always like this...'

Gian Piero Gasperini wishes Atalanta could be more consistent after going from defeat with SPAL to 7-0 victory away to Torino. “We’d be top if we always played like this.”

La Dea demolished Torino with an historic result and confirmed their status as the most prolific team in the division, with 57 goals in 21 games.

“If we always played like this, we’d be top of the table! Unfortunately, there are times when we have a drop physically or mentally, and that is where we drop points,” Gasp told DAZN.

“Sometimes, though, we put in some great performances against the bigger clubs. For example, if Luis Muriel had converted the penalty against Inter rather than the one today, it would’ve been better.”

There was another hat-trick for Ilicic, who is having the season of his life at the moment.

“Ilicic is a decisive player in front of goal, both as a scorer and a constant reference points for his teammates to create moves. It becomes difficult for teams to mark Ilicic and Papu Gomez, as if they get any space to run into, they are unstoppable.

“Now Duvan Zapata is back and in good shape, he’ll be an enormous reinforcement, as we lost him for such a long time in the first half of the season.”

Speaking of surprise results, Atalanta’s next Champions League opponents Valencia beat Barcelona 2-0 this afternoon.

“So far we have not really thought about it. Valencia too had some ups and downs, they beat Barcelona today, so clearly there will be a lot of focus on that game, it’s eagerly-awaited by the fans, but we’ve got a few other matches before that to think about first.”

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