Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez tried to identify what keeps Atalanta completing comebacks and surpassing expectations. “We always want to do more.”
You can’t keep La Dea down, as once again they fought back from a trailing situation to beat Roma 2-1 and open up a six-point buffer in fourth place.
Technically, it’s really seven points, because if two teams finish level, their position is decided by head-to-head record.
Atalanta beat Roma 2-0 at the Olimpico and 2-1 in Bergamo, so have by far the advantage in that race.
“The strength of this group for a few years now is that we don’t rest on our laurels, we always want to do more,” Papu told DAZN on his 32nd birthday.
“The objective is to get back into the Champions League, a competition we enjoy, that gives prestige to the players, club and fans.
“This was a great victory against an impressive team and we have laid another brick in the foundations this evening.”
Atalanta have earned 18 out of their total 45 Serie A points by coming back from trailing situations this season.
“It’s a psychological issue. Aside from being in physically good shape, we keep running to the last minute and we never let it go. Perhaps we need to improve when it comes to taking the lead and holding on to it.”
Atalanta will host Valencia at San Siro on Wednesday for the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.
“Wednesday should be a great night, we hope to get a good result so that we can fight it out for qualification in Valencia.”
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