The game too many … After 19 games without defeat, including 11 since the resumption of Calcio post-confinement (8 wins, 3 draws), Atalanta stumbled on the last step in the “final” for second place against the ‘Inter Milan (0-2).
Taking advantage of the defeat of Lazio in Naples (3-1), Gian Piero Gasperini’s players finally finish third in Calcio and do not breathe serenity ten days before their Champions League quarter-final against PSG. Strong, the Interists only needed twenty minutes to fold the case
Already deprived since the deconfinement of their striker Ilicic, plagued by personal problems and returned to Slovenia, the Nerazzuri, them, will perhaps have to deal with the absence of their goalkeeper Gollini, replaced in the 5th minute after falling badly on the opening of the Milanese score.
“Our goal was to get Ilicic back for the Champions League,” explained Umberto Marino, general manager of the Dea. It probably won’t. “Drafts in the game, poles apart from the spectacular style that is their strength, the Bergamasques had to wait an hour before framing a shot. Unusual statistics for the most thunderous attack of the transalpine elite (98 goals).
Gasperini: “it’s the best thing that could happen to us”
This final in wet firecracker did not prevent the Lombards, qualified for the second consecutive year in the Champions League, to fire a beautiful fireworks display in their Gewiss Stadium still under construction and to pose radiant for the souvenir photo.
“This match against Inter is the best thing that could happen to us, even Gasperini said. They attacked, played at a fast pace, they kept us from turning around. They gave us a nice warning. Tonight (Editor’s note: Saturday evening), we understood that against this kind of team we have to go forward and it will be the same against PSG. This meeting will be of great help to us… ”
Antonio Conte, his interist counterpart, is convinced that the epic of Atalanta is not over. “Gian Piero brought something new, blows the Milanese coach. We have been good, but those who play against Atalanta will always be in trouble. “