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Atalanta, Gasperini: “Ilicic a great player”

Atalanta Manager Gian Piero Gasperini was pleased with his sides 5-0 destruction over Verona and heaped praise on Josip Ilicic.

La Dea travelled to the Bentegodi and triumphed 5-0 in a game that included a Josip Ilicic hat-trick.

“Ilicic has always been a great player, but this season he has been more consistent. He has the ability to score many goals, I always tell him that, as he has such strong technique. He’s decisive in the box.

“We thought this match would be more complicated, as Verona were coming off two consecutive victories, but we broke the deadlock early and that allowed us to play our game.

“In truth, I wasn’t entirely satisfied, as we wasted too many chances in the first half”.

Gasperini commented on whether Atalanta can qualify for the Europa League for the second consecutive season.

“It’s a long road ahead, but as things stand it’s between us, Fiorentina and Sampdoria for a place in the Europa League”.

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