Gian Piero Gasperini said on Tuesday that the Italian team is proud to play against the Spanish team and that his group still sees these games as a special experience.
A Atalanta this Wednesday will make a historic match. For the first round of the round of 16 of the Europ Champions Leaguea, the Bergamo team will receive the Real Madrid, biggest winner of the tournament with 13 cups. The Coach Gian Piero Gasperini said on Tuesday that the Italian team is proud to play against the Spanish team and that their group still sees these games as a special experience. “We want to make a good impression and then arrive in Madrid and continue the fight (for the quarter-final spot). Tomorrow (Wednesday) is nothing more than the first half ”, said Gasperini, who has done a great job and made Atalanta one of the sensations of the season – he is in fifth place in the Italian Championship, one point behind the G4 , and qualified for the final of the Italian Cup. “We are in a good moment looking at what we are doing in the championship and we are at a crucial moment in the season. We are also in the final of the Italian Cup, so we have goals until the end of the season. The only penalty is the absence of fans. We expected to reach this time of the year with fans in the stands, but it was not like that ”, he said.
Real Madrid arrive in Italy with many absences due to several injured players, but Gasperini sees no advantage. “Real is the most successful team in the world, has more income and fame. For Atalanta, it is a pride to find such a club. But we also have to think about the game. They are in the habit of playing in this competition and are very dangerous even without some players. Whoever enters the field is of value. We want to make a good impression, ”added the coach, but saying that less experience can also help motivate his players. “We are not in the habit of playing these games, so for us it remains an event. We have a little more motivation ”, concluded Gasperini.
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