Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini noted that “We have an opportunity and will do everything we can to take it.”
Atalanta came close to drawing 2-2 away at Borussia Dortmund in last week’s Europa League Round of 32 first leg clash, but conceded a late goal in the dying moments of the game and ultimately lost 3-2, despite the loss La Dea have a good chance of progressing through to the Round of 16 as they only need to score one goal. The second leg is tomorrow at the Mapei Stadium and is a sellout.
Gasperini spoke to the press today about the performance in Dortmund last week.
“We are proud just with the fact we are facing such an important match. It remains a game of football and that’s how we will approach it,” said the Coach in his Press conference. Everything that is around it, the enthusiasm and the eagerness, needs to be locked out so we can focus our energy on the game. The first leg was very useful. There were moments when either side had the upper hand, we got a sense of each other’s strengths. Now we know each other better and hope not to make the same mistakes.”
Michy Batshuayi was key for Borrusia Dortmund last week as the on-loan Chelsea Striker scored twice but Gasperini mentioned the fantastic performance of Josip Iličic who also bagged a brace in the first leg. Furthermore, Gasperini spoke about how great Atalanta progressing into the next round would be a great thing for the city of Bergamo.
“I think they will have special treatment for Josip Ilicic, considering he also scored two goals. Borussia’s strength is in attack, we all know that, and we’ll have to cut down on some of our errors. The first leg ended with a Dortmund advantage, but the tie is played over 180 minutes and we have a good chance. All things considered, it’s a result that gives us a chance of going through. I think 51-49 to them and both teams will try to win the game.
“If we were to go through, it’d be a great thing for me and for the city of Bergamo. We have the opportunity and will do everything we can to take it.”