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Sunday March 15 2020
De Roon: 'Gasp changed La Dea mentality'

Atalanta midfielder Marten De Roon says coach Gian Piero Gasperini “makes you work so hard” but that he has “changed the mentality” of the club.

Atalanta made history last week by qualifying for the quarter final of the Champions League, trouncing Valencia 8-4 on aggregate.

As it stands, La Dea are also on course to qualify for next season’s competition also, as they are in fourth position in Serie A.

De Roon was talking to website Cronachedispogliatoio.It about working under Gasperini.

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Friday March 13 2020
Papu: 'Bergamo is empty, it's like a horror movie'

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez spoke about the effects of being in Italy during the current lockdown. “It’s like being in a horror movie. There’s no one in the streets.”

Italy has been in lockdown since the beginning of this week in an effort to reduce the spreading of the Coronavirus.

Initially it was only the northern part of the country that was locked down, which was the most affected, but now the entire country has come to a standstill under government decree.

Only supermarkets remain open.

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Wednesday March 11 2020
Ilicic the icon of Atalanta

Atalanta made their mark in the Champions League by thrashing Valencia over two legs and Kaustubh Pandey praises their historic four-goal hero Josip Ilicic.

Josip Ilicic was always meant to be ‘just another’ player in Serie A. He was never seen as a world-beater at his former clubs. His stints at Fiorentina and Palermo were hardly iconic, as his highest goal scoring tally stood at 13 for La Viola in the 2015-16 season. His move to Atalanta in the summer of 2017 had come in the wake of a mere five-goal season in 2016-17. It was one of the lowest scoring campaigns in his career.

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Saturday February 22 2020
Gasperini: 'Sassuolo like Valencia'

Gian Piero Gasperini warns Sassuolo and Valencia have “a very similar style of football,” while he compares his Atalanta stars to Cristiano Ronaldo and Papu Gomez.

It kicks off on Sunday at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

The first question inevitably was how Atalanta are going to handle getting back to Serie A football just days after their historic 4-1 Champions League Round of 16 victory over Valencia?

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Friday February 21 2020
Percassi: 'They love what they do'

President Antonio Percassi has praised Atalanta’s attacking duo Josip Ilicic and Papu Gomez, claiming it’s obvious to “tell that they love what they’re doing.”

The duo was again influential when La Dea tore Valencia apart with a 4-1 win in the first leg of their round of 16 encounter with Los Che in the Champions League.

Ilicic also grabbed a great goal with his weaker right foot and Percassi hails the two attackers for their impact in Bergamo, but also pointing at the staff helping them develop

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Thursday February 20 2020
Gomez: 'We still need a miracle'

Captain Alejandro Gomez insists that Atalanta will “still need a miracle” at the Mestalla when La Dea travel to Valencia for the return leg.

La Dea convinced the spectators with a thumping 4-1 win at San Siro last night, but the Orobici captain would like to calm down the expectations ahead of the second leg in Spain.

“We played a great game, with a likeable result,” he told Atalanta’s official website. “The 4-1 will allow us to travel to Valencia with two results available to go through.

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Wednesday February 19 2020
Atalanta making Europe Gasp

Atalanta are ripping up the book of clichés about Italian teams in the Champions League and Giancarlo Rinaldi is enjoying the ride along with them.

In the accepted wisdom of Champions League football, the first leg of a knockout tie is supposed to be a cagey affair. Add an Italian team into the mix, and we are usually told to expect the soporific to drowsily outweigh the spectacular. But this Atalanta side is ripping up the book of clichés about Italian teams in Europe one by one in the most audacious fashion.

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Wednesday February 19 2020
Gomez: 'Knew how to hurt Valencia'

Papu Gomez said Atalanta “knew how to hurt” Valencia, but regrets taking a few too many risks in the 4-1 Champions League triumph.

It was an almost perfect first leg performance at San Siro in their debut Champions League Round of 16, rushing into a 4-0 lead with Hans Hateboer’s brace, Josip Ilicic and Remo Freuler scorchers.

The late Denis Cheryshev away goal leaves some anxiety for the second leg, which will be at the Mestalla on March 10.

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Tuesday February 18 2020
Soler: 'Gomez Atalanta's best player'

Carlos Soler warns Valencia “need to be wary” of Champions League opponents Atalanta. “Papu Gomez is their best player, not just for his dance.”

The first leg in the Round of 16 kicks off on Wednesday at 20.00 GMT.

“Many might’ve thought this was a good draw for us, but Atalanta are a quality team who find the net with many different players,” Soler told Sky Sport Italia.

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Saturday February 15 2020
Gasperini: 'Can't plan that goal!'

Gian Piero Gasperini explained his tactical adjustments to turn Roma around, but Mario Pasalic scoring 19 seconds after his substitution is “something you cannot plan!”

La Dea have earned 18 out of their total 45 points in Serie A this season through comeback situations and are now six points clear of Roma in fourth place.

It is technically seven points, because they have a superior head-to-head record, having won 2-0 at the Olimpico and 2-1 in Bergamo.

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