Gasperini labels Milan as ‘very strong’ ahead of ‘important’ direct clash

By Isak Möller -

On the eve of the clash against AC Milan, Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini spoke to the media at the usual press conference. He stated that it will be a very important game for the standings, now just even points behind the Rossoneri. 

Atalanta have been in tremendous form as of late, with six wins in seven games, and are now just seven points behind Milan. A win tomorrow would thus bring them four points within the Rossoneri, and with a game in hand as well due to the postponed Inter game.

Speaking at the press conference, as cited by, Gasperini shared his thoughts on facing Milan. He stated that it will be a difficult game, as well as an important one for the standings. Especially since they also have a tough run of games coming up.

On Milan…

“A very strong team, apart from the defeat against Monza they have had a good run of results. It will be an important match that is worth a lot for the standings. The matches between us have always had several goalscoring opportunities, and we managed to score good goals, so I don’t see it as a 0-0 match but rather one with concreteness and quality in attack.”

On Milan, Inter and Bologna…

“Right now, I fear Milan more. Because we have to think game by game, then the beauty of playing every three days is that if it goes well, we’re happy but if it goes badly we don’t have time to despair.”

Ademola Lookman, who scored a brace in the reverse fixture, has recovered from his injury and will be called up as confirmed by Gasperini. A boost for Atalanta and bad news for Milan, although the Englishman/Nigerian should not start.

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  1. Oh, you are right, Gasperini. The game definitely is not ending in 0-0. Right now Milan can’t stop a team of 11 inebriated fans from scoring.

  2. Gasp knows and understands Milan’s possession based system and has shown on two previous occasions that he can counter it. Unfortunately Pioli hasn’t shown yet that he can adjust to Atalanta’s gameplay…

  3. It has gone back and forth between these 2 coaches. From the 5-0, to us owning them for 2-3 seasons with Theo almost always leading the charge, to the last 2 games. Hoping for another pendulum swing towards Mr. Pioli.

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