Modified 20 Feb 2020, 05:38 IST
Josip Ilicic stated Atalanta are “no longer a surprise” after placing one foot within the Champions League quarter-finals with a crushing win over Valencia.
Champions League debutants Atalanta continued their fairytale run by routing Valencia 4-1 within the opening leg of the last-16 tie at San Siro in Milan on Wednesday.
Atalanta, who misplaced their opening three group matches this season, put the Spanish guests to the sword courtesy of Hans Hateboer’s brace and targets from Ilicic and Remo Freuler.
“We ready this recreation the identical approach we at all times do and had a nice first half, permitting them virtually nothing. It’s a pity we conceded that away purpose, however Valencia are a robust crew and we pressured them to play badly with our soccer,” Ilicic, who scored a gorgeous purpose to make it 2-Zero approaching half-time, instructed Sky Sport Italia.
“We knew their centre-backs did not push up a lot, in order that’s why the coach selected me with Papu Gomez up entrance. We had been very harmful, particularly within the first half, however we are able to do higher.
“Atalanta are no longer a surprise, we have proved so many occasions that we do not give in. We’re doing a little actually necessary issues right here.”
Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini added: “We are on the one hand very glad, as we would have fortunately accepted a scoreline like that.
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“Yet we find yourself feeling remorse over conceding that away purpose, as we actually should not have made that mistake when 4-Zero up and it wasn’t the one state of affairs like that.
“We must be extra exact once we go to the Mestalla. If we need to get into the Champions League quarter-finals, we’ve to play like this on the Mestalla too, show we should be there with a present of energy and win there too.
“We are a crew who create many possibilities, it might maybe have had extra targets for us and them tonight. We created our targets, they kind of obtained presents from us on theirs. We obtained a bit euphoric and overpassed our focus at occasions.
“We’ll analyse now what we obtained mistaken and study from these errors, as we need to show within the second leg that we should be there.
“We’ve obtained to attain there too. We will do some defending, however I do not need us to go to Spain and simply sit on a three-goal lead, struggling your entire time.”
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Denis Cheryshev’s 66th-minute comfort gave Valencia some hope forward of the return leg on house soil and Valencia boss Albert Celades stated: “This consequence does not actually replicate what we noticed on the pitch.
“I feel the distinction was that Atalanta scored virtually each likelihood they’d, which isn’t a simple factor to do. We did not rating once we had the alternatives. Of course, we made errors. When you play at this degree in opposition to a facet like Atalanta, you can not enable all of them that house. We did create our alternatives, although, and that’s necessary for the second leg.
“I feel we have a likelihood of turning it round. The result’s fairly clear tonight, however we’ll see what occurs on the Mestalla. We play effectively in our personal stadium. We concede too many, particularly away from house, there’s no denying that. It will not be straightforward to overturn this case, however we’ll attempt.”
Published 20 Feb 2020, 05:38 IST
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