Atalanta-Leipzig, Gasperini: “The semi-final would be historic. Villarreal often underestimated’

The Nerazzurri coach spoke on the eve of the return of the Europa League quarter-finals against Leipzig: “Reaching the semi-final would be a historic step”. And on Serie A: “There are seven matches left, we want to enter Europe. We have not given up”

loose day at home Atalanta. On Thursday, April 14, the Nerazzurri will host the leipzig at Gewiss Stadium at 6.45 p.m., during the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. the first leg 1-1 leaves everything open: Gian Piero gasperini he wants to reach the semi-final, a historic step for the Bergamo club. Asked in ‘One to One’ on Sky Sport 24, the Nerazzurri coach presented the game against Domenico Tedesco’s side as follows: “It will not be the most difficult game in my management. They are all determinants and the next ones will be even more so. It’s a game of inside or outside. You have to win it and then play a Europa League semi-final. In this sense, it’s an important match”. Then on the opponents and the stakes: “Having played against the first leg is a criterion for realizing its potential compared to the opponents. Tomorrow is the game decisive because a winner has to come out. Reaching the semi-final would be a historic and fantastic stage for us”.

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Besides the upcoming Europa League game, Gian Piero Gasperini also commented on the difficulties of the last period in Serie A: “You can’t go to the Champions League every year, it would be too good. almost impossible from now on. So many things slowed us down on the way back. Those who play in Europe on Thursday have more difficulty in the league on Sunday. The Champions League is postponed within days. We paid for the games after the Europa League, however do not it’s an alibi. It is an observation.” And on the objectives: “We still have seven league matches and we want to do well. We hope to reach Europe. We have not given up“.

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In the Champions League, Villarreal d’Unai’s triumphant ride continues Emery. In the group stage, the Spanish team played against Atalanta and Gasperini added: “Thinking back to this qualification, we came very close. Villarreal You have to do it compliments: they won last Europa League, now they are in the seminal of the Champions League, also knocking out Juventus and Bayern Munich. It’s a team that sometimes comes undervaluedmaybe also because of his position in the standings, but he showed all his value and his qualities”.

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