Friday October 30 2020
Luca Percassi: 'CL can't affect Serie A'

Atalanta director Luca Percassi said the Champions League must not affect the ‘concentration’ in Serie A but trusts coach Gian Piero Gasperini to get it right.

Due to coronavirus, the press conferences of the coaches have been skipped ahead of Crotone-Atalanta and the Orobici CEO spoke ahead of the first match in Serie A Week 6.

Cristian Raimondi is the staff member who tested positive for Atalanta, who arrive after back-to-back defeats in Serie A.

“We must remain very humble and continue to be hungry,” the patron said at a press conference. “The last two defeats in the League have shown that Serie A is very complicated.

“The level of competitiveness is always increasing. If you arrive unprepared, you lose. With Crotone, it will be very difficult, but we have to face individual commitments in the best possible way.”

La Dea are sixth in Serie A after five games but have started the Champions League with one win and a draw in the two first games against FC Midtjylland and Ajax respectively.

“If they had told us such a thing a few years ago, to play in the Champions League against Ajax in Bergamo, none of the fans could have ever thought of experiencing such a thing.

“We have experienced infinite emotions, it’s a shame we can’t experience them in front of our fans. The same will be next Tuesday against Liverpool.

“In any case, the Champions League gives us the satisfaction to continue our growth, an addition that must not take away concentration and attention from Serie A.

“This season there hasn’t been a retreat and new players need time to adapt. Everything is accelerated by a dense calendar, but in this sense [coach Gian Piero] Gasperini is a guarantee."