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UCL, Gian Piero Gasperini: “We could have won”

Young Boys-Atalanta post-match interviews

Everything will be decided at the Gewiss Stadium against Villarreal. Atalanta clinched an important point against Young Boys at the end of a match that can easily be defined as “crazy”. The incidents (two penalties claimed by the Nerazzurri) did not play in the favour of Gian Piero Gasperini’s men. That is what the coach said about the match: “We could have won”.

Gian Piero Gasperini, you’re disappointed, but you’ll fight for qualification on 8th December at the Gewiss Stadium against Villarreal.

“Well, we have achieved an objective. We have reached the first one we had, which was to go into the final game having to play for qualification. We could have won this evening. We would have had two results in that case, but we didn’t manage to do it. There were a few incidents… But it’s okay, the final game against Villarreal will be decisive. This is the first achievement already and we have the chance to make it through at home.”

Atalanta were not lucky this evening in terms of incidents.

“Well, no. I don’t want to talk about this topic, but I think that’s how it went.”

It was a difficult game, on a difficult pitch, against a tough opponent.

“We started off well, we took the lead. In the first half, taking an early lead dropped our concentration a little. We didn’t push, and it’s a pity because every time we attacked, we threatened. However, we couldn’t cope with their tempo, we thought we were in control, but the game was too long. Then we had a good performance in the second half, but incidents didn’t play in our favour.”

You almost risked losing it! Then Muriel came on… And scored the quickest goal from the bench.

“Yes, we were leading in the second half and it seemed like we could kill it off. Then we conceded a goal from a throw-in, we surely had a lack of concentration at the back, even on the first goal, which came from a corner. We risked losing it in the final minutes and then Muriel was about to come on, there was a free kick to be taken and I told him: “You have warmed up well, you can take it!”, and he was like: “Yes, sure!” He came on and scored. I think it’s the quickest goal I remember”.