Sunday May 2 2021
Gasperini: 'Atalanta deserved three points'

Gian Piero Gasperini could not hide his irritation at the Sassuolo penalty decision after Atalanta’s 1-1 draw. ‘We deserved all three points.’

Despite Pierluigi Gollini’s red card after just 22 minutes, La Dea had still taken the lead through Robin Gosens.

Even after the equaliser, they had a chance to win it with Luis Muriel, his penalty parried by Andrea Consigli.

“We wanted to win for our own progress. After all, Inter had already taken the Scudetto regardless of our result, they only needed one more point,” Gasperini told Sky Sport Italia.

“Just like against Roma, we did enough to deserve taking all three points today, but we leave with only one.”

The Sassuolo equaliser was a penalty awarded for a very soft Rafael Toloi push on Junior Hamed Traore.

“It’s difficult to avoid controversy if we talk about the refereeing decisions. There are four teams up there, even five, so we’ll see what happens.

“We played for 70 minutes down to 10 men, they gave a weak penalty against us for a shoulder-to-shoulder incident. We made a mistake on their goal and saw the penalty saved, we hold our hands up for that, but we played our game.

“Now we need to look forward.”

Milan won yesterday, while Atalanta and Napoli were held to draws, so the fight for the top four is tighter than ever.

Atalanta and Milan have 69 points, Napoli 67, Juventus 66 with a game in hand and Lazio 64, also with a game in hand.