Friday July 31 2020
Gasperini: 'Second prestigious for Atalanta'

Gian Piero Gasperini assures ‘there’s time’ to think about PSG and the Champions League, as Atalanta want to beat Inter and finish second. ‘It would be prestigious.’

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“It has been a very difficult campaign for everyone, especially the players, and we’re all eager to end on a high,” said the coach in his press conference.

La Dea can get second place by beating Inter, because even if Lazio win, the Bergamo club have a superior head-to-head record.

“When the season restarted, we saw Roma and Napoli were relatively close to us. Our objective had been to qualify for the Champions League, with Lazio and Inter quite a long way ahead in the table. We managed to put together an immediate run of victories and now we have the opportunity to finish second.

“It’s a pity we’ve done all this without our fans, as there would’ve been such incredible enthusiasm, similar to the kind we saw until March, with fans both home and away. I just hope we can get our fans back in the stadium soon, as football loses so much without a crowd.”

The Serie A season ends this weekend, but Atalanta then face PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Inter take on Getafe in the Europa League Round of 16.

“These are very important matches and we want to do well in Europe, but we can see this not as an opportunity to rest, but as another chance to prepare,” continued Gasperini.

“We achieved consistent results and made new club records, so it’s difficult to say Atalanta didn’t perform to their full potential, but you can’t rest on your laurels in football. We have to concentrate on beating Inter, because finishing second would be a prestigious result.

“There’s time to think about Paris Saint-Germain. We’ll take a couple of days to rest after this, then start to prepare the Champions League match.”