"We showed good depth against Milan. We can count on a historic group with solid, confident and morally strong elements." GianPiero Gasperini praises the character qualities of his Atalanta: "It's important to find strong motivation in the league as well, because I have the feeling that mentally we have given priority to the Europa League," continued the Atalanta coach. " It was essential to regain the spirit and strength we need. It's not easy: we've lost players on defense in unprecedented proportions."
The two changes in attack gave the turning point: "Miranchuk is a guy of incredible seriousness, the boos on Muriel as soon as he entered were really bad - remarks Gasperini -. He scored an extraordinary goal, the kind you see in training. He said it was random but he's a liar, we just miss seeing the top goals from five-a-side football. He doesn't deserve any controversy: it's expiring, in January he could be happy to settle elsewhere."
Gasperini ruled out two players not due to injuries: "Bakkere Hateboer were a bit distracted, they can prepare better for Thursday at home to Rakow to close out the Europa League group. It will be an opportunity for those who have played little to show that they can be in a very solid and very strong group, as Kolasinac and De Ketelaere have done." The coach praised the Belgian: "I asked Charles not to put his head down when he loses the ball or makes a mistake. In the first half, we couldn't get Hernandez to exchange and he adapted so as not to be cut off: tactically and footballingly he is very prepared."
Finally, on Musah's tackle on Lookman at the end of the first half: "We were by the very clear foul at the origin of the corner kick of 1-1 at the end of time. It made everyone nervous but it also gave us a boost for the second half," Gasperini concluded.
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