Despite failing to knock out Borussia Dortmund, the Dea president is already looking to the future.
A beautiful fairy-tale has come to a close in heartbreaking fashion for Atalanta after falling 4-3 on aggregate to Dortmund. A late equalizer by Marcel Schmelzer ended the Nerazzurri’s hopes of continuing an already heroic effort in the Europa League.
President Antonio Percassi, who was moved to tears before the first leg as thousands of supports who made the trip northward into Germany chanted his name at the Westfalenstadion last week, told Sky Sports he was proud of his team and his coach.
“It could’ve ended differently in respect to how we played and what we did, but in any case I still thank the coach for what they’ve done.
“If you don’t take your chances and they score, you pay for it. Also tonight I want to truly thank the fans from the bottom of my heart for being behind us.
“The club needs to always remain strong and continue to invest in the youth academy and our infrastructure. We have a clear plan for the next three years as an organization.
“We’re happy that the coach has created a new mentality, we think we’re on the right track for a provincial side like ours.
“Will Gasperini stay with us? Absolutely, we’re determined that he stays here with us, he has a long contract with us and we hope to extend it further. He’s a fantastic person and a top level coach.”
Atalanta play Juventus both in Serie A and then in the Coppa Italia the next two matches.