Atalanta, Gasperini: Josip Ilicic with us
The Slovenian coach, who returned to his homeland due to personal problems. “We are all helping him, his absence takes away a lot.” The dream is the Champions League semi-final: “With PSG we have some chance”
BERGAMO – Once the championship is over, Atalanta is already looking forward to the next match, that of August 12 against Paris Saint Germain valid for the Champions League quarter-finals. The Goddess, however, will not be able to count on one of her protagonists, Josip Ilicic, who has returned to Slovenia due to personal problems. Gian Piero Gasperini, however, hopes to be able to find him again as soon as possible: “He is surrounded by a lot of affection – the words of the technician on the microphones of” Radio ancheio sport “on Rai Radio 1 -, are those situations that can happen to anyone when you least expect it. Precisely for this reason we are all helping him. A return to the Champions League? Objectively it is difficult, the player has been standing for a long time, but it would be nice to see him again for the next season “.
Josip Ilicic has a bad day
“His absence takes away a lot – admits Gasperini – partly because of the quality of the player, partly because we don’t have a similar alternative as a role, but we have adapted well with Pasalic, Malinovsky and the often decisive entry of Muriel – observed Gasperini – Perhaps on dry matches, as will happen in the Champions League, it will be easier to make up for it than on an entire championship “. And precisely the challenge against the PSG is at the center of all the attentions of the Orobic world. “Being in the quarterfinals is already a huge goal: we will face the challenge with the PSG with satisfaction and the intention to play our chances in the best way. Because we can have some chances.”
“The difference will be different: technique, physical and mental condition – underlines the coach -. It was a very busy period, because playing with this continuity of games was really anomalous and took away energy from the players. But now we have enough time to be able to prepare well and get to this game well. It is not clear if it was better to play 13-14 games as we did or to rest as it happened to the French teams: we will understand it also seeing Juventus-Lyon. Right now I dream of being able to pass the round and play a semi-final, but I know that the difficulty of the race will be great. The French are a very talented team, candidate to win the Champions League. Much will also depend on Mbappé, a player of great value but we can have some chance. Gollini’s recovery? We will see better tomorrow, it is a strong contusion “.
Josip Ilicic in our plans for the next season
The Goddess will also play in the Champions League next season and this time she could do so at the Gewiss Stadium: “The company is doing everything to make the Bergamo stadium accepted by UEFA. It is moving in this direction and Atalanta is likely to play the next Champions at Bergamò ‘. For the next season Gasperini thinks he will do better, but not the Scudetto. “Atalanta cannot think like this but will do everything to improve.
Our system does not allow companies like Atalanta to stay up high for a long time, but the team is good and if the company manages to strengthen it again we can still be competitive “, continued the coach explaining that” what was the target Atalanta now needs to be moved, reality is different, resources have changed and now Atalanta needs something different than some time ago. That in Italy there may be some other new Atalanta is possible even if it is increasingly difficult due to the media and economic pressures which are shifted more towards metropolitan cities “.