Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini has conceded that his side were outplayed by AC Milan during last night’s game at San Siro.
Milan were truly dominant in their win against a top four rival as an own-goal from Juan Musso – after Theo Hernandez’s rocketed volley hit the post – opened the scoring and Junior Messias clinched the three points late on, with the home side missing several big chances too.
The most worrying thing for Atalanta will not only be that it is their second league defeat in a row after losing at home to Lecce last weekend, but they also did not have a single shot on target meaning Mike Maignan was eased back into action after five months out.
Gasperini spoke to DAZN after the game and admitted that his team struggled to lay a glove on the Rossoneri, with his comments relayed by FootballItalia.
“This is Atalanta, we gave our all this evening and tried everything, but Milan were superior on the night and we must learn from these games to focus on the next against Udinese,” he began.
“That will be very important, as it can allow us to maintain a gap from the teams behind us in the table. What we saw tonight was that despite our best efforts, it is evident that Milan simply had more than we did.”
Ederson and Teun Koopmeiners started together in the midfield but they did not manage to give La Dea any kind of control in possession or territory.
“It was partly Milan’s aggressive approach, partly we did not achieve what we wanted to and did not manage to start counter-attacks as reliably. We were also unfortunate on the goal, because with the first shot on target from distance, it went in and made things more difficult,” Gasperini added.
“This is a team that has played well with pace, aggression and determination, but today we faced a team with defenders who were just as quick. So technique and quality are not the strengths of this particular squad.”