Gasperini on Atalanta’s rollecoaster comeback

BERGAMO, ITALY - JANUARY 27: Atalanta BC coach Gian Piero Gasperini looks on during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and AS Roma at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on January 27, 2019 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Gian Piero Gasperini hailed the dramatic comeback of his Atalanta side in their 3-3 draw with Roma.

Roma went 3-0 up away from home only for Gasperini’s men to stage to a rollercoaster comeback thanks to goals from Timothy Castagne, Rafael Toloi and Duvan Zapata.

Duvan Zapata ballooned a penalty into the stands, but then 45 seconds later scored the equaliser.

“We have a problem with penalties, evidently,” the Coach told Football Italia.

“I’d happily trade a penalty for three corners. We often live our games on the rollercoaster, but today our first half was – also thanks to Roma – awful.

“We allowed them too many spaces and they’d score every time after our wasted chances, because we’d get the transitions completely wrong. That’s unusual for us.

“It took a great Atalanta performance to get this back on track. We were very precise and in the end felt some regrets that we didn’t win it.”

Josip Ilicic was having one of his off days, continually giving the ball away and wasting chances.

“He lacked some of the quality that we usually see from him, but we can’t expect players to always do the right thing, as they are human.

“I hope they’ll do something right eventually! That’s the spirit of Duvan, as he missed a penalty and immediately ran up there to score. He didn’t sit there with his head down sulking.”

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