Friday February 21 2020
Percassi: 'They love what they do'

President Antonio Percassi has praised Atalanta’s attacking duo Josip Ilicic and Papu Gomez, claiming it’s obvious to “tell that they love what they’re doing.”

The duo was again influential when La Dea tore Valencia apart with a 4-1 win in the first leg of their round of 16 encounter with Los Che in the Champions League.

Ilicic also grabbed a great goal with his weaker right foot and Percassi hails the two attackers for their impact in Bergamo, but also pointing at the staff helping them develop

“Few teams have what Atalanta have at their disposal,” he said. “They are well in Bergamo. The fans adore them, they make the feel important.

“There’s a great staff around them, directed by my son Luca. And [coach Gian Piero] Gasperini has also given them a physical condition that they never had before.

“It helps give them consistency in their quality. You can tell that they love what they are doing, starting with the work they are doing during the week.”

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