Atalanta, no miracle with Real Madrid. Gasperini: “Decisive episodes, but ..”

Atalanta ko in Madrid: 3-1 and Real fly to the Champions League quarter-finals

Atalanta out of the Champions League round of 16: Real Madrid wins 3-1 at home after the victory in Bergamo (0-1) and flies to the quarterfinals. At 34 ‘the first goal: Sportiello misses the postponement, Modric intercepts and Benzema puts it on the net. In the second half Ilicic misses a support by throwing Vinicius, the Brazilian is spread out in the area by Toloi: Sergio Ramos realizes the penalty (60 ‘) that cancels the dreams of the Goddess of comeback. Muriel scores the 1-2 on a free kick (83 ‘), then Asensio closes each speech in the 85th minute.


“The episodes compromised the qualification which would have already been difficult. When you give these goals it becomes hard. We hoped to have a better match, all the conditions were there but the match took the wrong path: we put our own effort into it. “. Thus Gian Piero Gasperini after the elimination of Atalanta in the round of 16 of the Champions League against Real Madrid. “However, these are fantastic experiences for the team, players, coach and club because you see what the level of international players is – continues the Nerazzurri coach at Sky Sport – We must be satisfied because we eliminated Ajax and played in a difficult group. with Liverpool. These two games leave us a little bitter in our mouth, we could have done better. We played less well under the technical aspect, there was also a very annoying wind, this is the regret we have: passing is the language of the team, if you don’t convey the ball in the right way you don’t speak well. The gap in Europe? Surely there is also this, we are facing teams with a higher technical level than those we are used to and compete in Italy “.

Gasperini excluded Zapata from the eleven owner, choosing Muriel as the only offensive reference. “Duvan in the last few games has always played clips, he had some physical problems: the plan was to have chances in the second half and, who knows, extra time – he explains – Now we have the championship until May when there will be final of the Italian Cup, we have to come out of this match with nervous energy to put them in Serie A “.


“Our goal is to move forward, we knew it would be difficult today. I think we deserved to pass in the two games.” So Zinedine Zidane after the success in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Atalanta. “They played well but we did very well defensively. We interpreted the game in the right way, we know that we can do good things with the ball – explains the Real Madrid coach, who now doesn’t want to be satisfied – explains to Sky Sport. , still missing a lot in the Champions League and in the Liga “, concludes Zidane.


“We were playing the match we wanted to have, with high pressure and trying to create chances. The second goal cut our legs a bit.” This is Luis Muriel’s comment after Atalanta’s defeat in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid. “What impresses them is the ability to play even when we pressed hard, they always looked for tight exchanges and came out easily, as well as their serenity in such an important game – explains the Colombian to Sky Sport – Their defense? and the speed in the interventions is not seen so often in Italy “.


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