Atalanta Vice-President Luca Percassi said this squad will “remain not just in the history of Atalanta, but in the history of Italian and also European football.”
La Dea beat Valencia 4-3 on the night, 8-4 on aggregate, to reach the Champions League quarter-finals in their debut campaign.
“What’s happening is just extraordinary and anything that comes next is a bonus,” Percassi told Sky Sport Italia.
This game was played behind closed doors and Serie A is suspended until April 3 due to the Coronavirus outbreak, which was centred largely in the Lombardy region, including Bergamo.
“We received so many messages from all over Bergamo and Italy, not just the football world. This is a difficult time for the city, the region and the country, so we are glad to have given people two hours of entertainment and spectacle.
“There are no secrets to our success, we simply dedicate so much passion, hard work and determination into this club, because the city deserves it. We wanted to thank the city and show them what can be achieved in this difficult moment.
“Atalanta proved themselves on the pitch tonight, so these lads will remain not just in the history of Atalanta, but in the history of Italian and also European football.”
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