Gasperini motivated to face Juve in Coppa Italia

Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini said the prospect of facing Juventus in the Coppa Italia quarter-final is enough motivation as they prepare to face Cagliari.

With Juve already in the quarter-finals after beating Bologna, the winner in the tie will trade tackles against Allegri’s men and Gasperini is fired up for the encounter.

“It’s a match where both will try their best to reach the next round, especially as they’ll have the opportunity to take on Juventus and that is more motivation,” said the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.

“The Coppa Italia is still very uncertain at this stage and anything can happen. A difficult test awaits us, as Cagliari are a very good team, even if they are a little behind in the Serie A standings compared to their potential.

“This is a one-off game and it is all to be decided here, so we go in with confidence.”

Kostas Manolas explains why he left Roma for Napoli

28-year-old Kostas Manolas left Roma after playing there for five years, but he had a very good reason to join Napoli.

The Sardinians can count on Nicolò Barella, the midfielder attracting €45m offers from Chelsea, Napoli, and Inter.

“He is undoubtedly doing very well. It’s difficult to give an evaluation, but he is certainly one of the best emerging players in Italy.”

Atalanta ended up the top Serie A scorers at the midway stage despite a sluggish start to the campaign.

“It was not predictable that Atalanta would score more goals than Juventus and Napoli. It means we have certainly done well, especially as we concentrated them all after the opening five or six rounds where we struggled to find the net.

“I’d like to qualify for Europe by winning the Coppa Italia, as that would mean silverware, but perhaps via the top six in Serie A is more accessible.”

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