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Wednesday November 27 2019
Atalanta alive and kicking

Atalanta finally get out of their shell to register an historic win against Dinamo Zagreb and earned a real shot at the knockout stages, writes Vilizar Yakimov.

It was always going to be a struggle. Atalanta’s last season heroics earned them the right to compete against Europe’s best in this year’s edition of the Champions League and eventually register their first ever victory in the competition after their 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb last night.

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Tuesday November 26 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta more experienced now'

Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez was relishing his football as Atalanta beat Dinamo Zagreb. “We gained Champions League experience and confidence.”

Luis Muriel’s penalty and a Gomez solo stunner secured the 2-0 victory, their first ever win in this tournament.

“It was like going back to my youth in Argentina, when I’d play just to nutmeg people,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday November 23 2019
Gomez trusts reshuffled Atalanta

Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez admits Atalanta are decimated in attack, but can still get a result against Juventus this afternoon.

It kicks off at 14.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“I personally am in good shape. We’re missing a few strikers, above all Duvan Zapata, while Ilicic is suspended and Luis Muriel returned from international duty not feeling good.

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Thursday November 7 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta painful for City'

Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez claims Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola told him “facing us was like going to the dentist” last night.

Atalanta came back from behind to draw 1-1 with City in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, in a historic result for Gomez’s side at San Siro.

“He told me facing us was like going to the dentist,” he told Sky Sport Italia after the game.

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Thursday October 10 2019
Gomez: 'Atalanta try to surprise City'

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez assures they “will try to surprise” Manchester City and get their first Champions League point.

The Orobici are in the tournament for the first time in their history, but suffered a 4-0 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb and were unlucky to lose 2-1 to a counter-attack in the final seconds of their home match with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Their next test is the biggest of them all, visiting Manchester City on October 22.

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Wednesday September 25 2019
Gomez: 'Showdown with Roma'

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez insists today’s match is “a showdown for Champions League places with Roma.”

It kicks off at 18.00 UK time (17.00 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“We’ll see what our ambitions are as the season progresses, but it’s early days still,” the captain told Roma TV and Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday September 18 2019
Gomez: 'Can't explain it'

Papu Gomez “can’t explain what happened” when Atalanta lost their Champions League all-time debut 4-0 to Dinamo Zagreb.

The Orobici were in this tournament for the first time in their history after finishing third in Serie A last season, but were given a rude awakening in Zagreb.

“It’s difficult to explain what happened,” Gomez told Sky Sport Italia.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
Gomez: 'From relegation to Champions'

Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez remembers when Atalanta were fighting against relegation and it’s “extraordinary” to enter their Champions League debut with Dinamo Zagreb.

It kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) in a group with Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk.

“It’s exciting, a great football sensation and playing this competition for the first time is something extraordinary,” said Papu in his Press conference at the Maksimir Stadium.

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Tuesday September 17 2019
'Skrtel sad at Atalanta, Muriel...'

Atalanta President Antonio Percassi claims Martin Skrtel was sad “because his wife didn’t want to come here” and “hopes” Luis Muriel faces Dinamo Zagreb.

Skrtel left Atalanta earlier in the month without playing an official game for Atalanta, seemingly because he did not fit into Gian Piero Gasperini’s back-three system.

However, Percassi has now given a different version of events. 

“He was a good lad, but he was sad,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Sunday August 18 2019
Atalanta not ready for Champions League

La Dea might’ve kept almost all their best players, but Vilizar Yakimov thinks Atalanta are unprepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

With great power comes great responsibility. Atalanta have been considered dark horses ever since Gian Piero Gasperini’s arrival in 2016, but their heroics from last season mean that La Dea quickly outgrew that tag and must accept their new status.

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