Gian Piero Gasperini
can cap his transformation of Atalanta right into a group now among the many elite of
European soccer together with his first teaching trophy within the Italian Cup last
against Juventus in Reggio Emilia on Wednesday.
The 63-year-old has revolutionised the Bergamo aspect since
taking on 5 years in the past.
On Wednesday, they bid for simply their second ever trophy,
after the 1963 Italian Cup, as followers return to soccer stadiums in Italy for
the first time in over a 12 months.
Juve’s season is now successfully within the arms of Gasperini’s
aspect who’ve already assured themselves a 3rd consecutive season of
Champions League soccer.
But Juve’s top-four end shall be depending on Atalanta
beating European rivals AC Milan in Bergamo subsequent Sunday.
It has been a blended debut season for rival coach Andrea
Pirlo who’s chasing a second trophy after beating Napoli to win the Italian
TremendousCup in January.
The Turin membership’s Champions League qualification will go right down to the wire in Sunday’s last recreation at Bologna.
“Clearly it is a vital last we’re taking part in
against Juventus,” stated Gasperini of a trophy which might cap a stellar
season for Atalanta.
“For the followers, the cup represents a trophy, and we are going to
do every little thing to please them.”
Atalanta are additionally within the operating for a membership excessive
second-placed end in Serie A behind champions Inter Milan, and may
exceed their best-ever factors tally, already equalled with 78.
In addition, they may declare a membership report variety of league
video games received, now equalled with 23, and have already got the highest assault within the league
with 90 targets scored.
Gasperini has put the northern Italian membership among the many elite
of European soccer for the first time.
“When I first signed, qualification within the Europa
League was additionally unimaginable,” conceded the previous Palermo and Genoa
“It is the results of a progress path throughout these 5 years and I need to say that this 12 months was tougher than the others.
“It is at all times stated that it’s important to elevate a trophy
in any other case plainly nothing has been received.
“Instead I’m satisfied that what we’ve got finished at
Atalanta is equal to many victories on the pitch.
“We have additionally scored 78 factors this 12 months, equalling the
“We have the chance to enhance them, we’ve got set
the goal round 80 factors within the league for 3 years in a row.”
As Atalanta, additionally three-time Cup runners-up in 1987, 1996
and 2019, strategy the sport serenely, Juventus are underneath stress.
Pirlo received his first trophy, albeit a minor one, in a season
of slip-ups and errors, however chalking up one other with a 14th Coppa Italia trophy
can be a elevate going right into a key weekend.
Without the Champions League, the membership’s already shaky
funds would take a giant hit.
“I made many errors, however I’d make all of them
once more,” stated Pirlo.
“This is my first season, I wanted these experiences
for the current and the longer term.”
“This was a more complicated campaign,” added
veteran captain Giorgio Chiellini, who along with 9 league titles has
additionally received 4 Coppa Italia trophies with the membership.
“We’ll keep trying till the end.”
The Coppa Italia last could have a restricted variety of followers
current with 20 p.c of the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, house to Serie A
aspect Sassuolo, open to the general public.
Fans are returning for the first time in additional than a 12 months
amid the Covid-19 pandemic, having additionally been allowed in the course of the Italian Open
tennis in Rome final week.
Rome’s Stadio Olimpico can even be at a minimum of 25 p.c
capability for Italy’s Euro 2020 matches subsequent month.