Tuesday November 24 2020
Gasperini: 'Cut down Liverpool gifts'

Gian Piero Gasperini is confident Atalanta ‘won’t give Liverpool as many gifts’ this time and hopes his career holds ‘even higher peaks’ with La Dea in future.

It kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 GMT.

“It’s going to be a very difficult match, as we are up against a top level team doing extraordinary things,” Gasperini said in his press conference.

“At this moment, it’s already a huge achievement for us to be in the Champions League, but we see this as an opportunity and want to put in a good performance. We’ve got what it takes to do that.”

Atalanta were flattened 5-0 by former Champions League winners and current Premier League title holders Liverpool in Bergamo. Will there be changes?

“Clearly, we need to do everything better than we did in the Bergamo match, and not make the same errors that led to such a heavy defeat. We know their quality, but we also feel confident we won’t give them as many gifts as we did in the first match.

“We’ve got to be balanced and not just think about attack and defence, but the totality of the team. We must avoid leaving huge gaps that Liverpool clearly are good at taking advantage of.

“We also undoubtedly need to work on our dead ball situations, because they do make a difference. The squad has changed since last season, but over the last two years we’ve still been able to qualify for the Champions League. The level of competition is different to the Europa League, but we earned this opportunity on the field and we never stop learning.”

Gasperini will be making his 200th appearance on the Atalanta bench tomorrow evening at Anfield.

“Fortunately, there have been very few bitter moments during these years, it has been a constant crescendo, and I hope the future holds even higher peaks.

“It’s not easy to repeat your success, especially a club that doesn’t have the resources of other Champions League clubs. We can’t afford a mistake and it’s not easy, but it is very exciting.”