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Gasperini hails Atalanta’s players

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Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini hailed his players after a 3-1 come back away victory against Parma.

Atalanta beat Parma 3-1 in the 29th Serie A Matchday on Sunday thanks to Mario Pasalic’s equalizer and Duvan Zapata’s brace.

The Colombian striker has scored his 18th and 19th goal in the league, levelling himself with Cristiano Ronaldo and Krzysztof Piatek on the goalscorers table.

The Goddes now sits fifth on the league table, three points behind fourth-placed AC Milan.

“This is a team of leaders that play good football. I am very satisfied, both with the result and the performance,” said Gasperini via Football Italia.

“Parma are undoubtedly a dangerous team when running into space, so it could’ve become a very complicated situation with us chasing the game. Overall, we did very well, controlled the match and created many scoring opportunities.

“This victory will really boost our self-esteem. Papu Gomez was marvellous both as a forward and a midfielder, even if he did manage to miss the goal. We scored our 60th goal of the season, the same as Juventus, so that is satisfying.”

Gasperini hailed his players, saying Atalanta is a team of leaders. They eliminated Juventus in the quarter-finals of Coppa Italia earlier this season and are only three points away from a Champions League spot.

“The great thing about Atalanta is that this is a team of leaders. These lads never just do the bare minimum. If they are here, it’s because they have been selected for Atalanta.

“There are no timid figures who hold back, no water-carriers who come on and just do the basics to pick up a salary.

“This is a team that plays good football and technique makes the difference, taking nothing away from tactics or fitness levels. We also have very passionate fans who follow us in big numbers on away games, which is an extra adrenaline boost.”