Gasperini: ‘I don’t feel Roma dominated the match’


Gian Piero Gasperini called Atalanta’s 3-1 win over Roma a ‘positive’ match and dismissed Jose Mourinho’s suggestion that the Giallorossi dominated proceedings. La Dea capitalized on a number of chances, with goals from Mario Pasalic, Teun Koopmeiners and Rafael Toloi, despite Roma pulling one back in the 86′ minute. Speaking in his post-match presser (as quoted by TuttoAtalanta), Gasperini praised his sides performance, insisting they could have scored more, and explained why Mourinho’s assertion was wrong: ‘It could have finished 4-1’.

“It was a very positive match on our part, we met a strong team in terms of physicality and quality, we played with great application and determination, as often as we could we put ourselves forward well. Maybe the first half was poorly played, with several stoppages, then we found a quality goal. In the second half we came out better.”

With a more protected midfield you created more.

“There is no definitive set-up in a team where 38 games are played and where there are so many components. With the five changes it’s a constant moving the team around, tonight was fine because we were playing against a very physical team. We increased the physicality by putting in midfielders, who scored. Duvan did not score, but he was a constant reference point for the team.”

What is Djimsiti’s condition?

He took a big bump, we need to see if it’s just a bump. Best goal? They were all good, the first one was on a very good play, but we also returned to scoring on corner kicks, these goals count a lot. Compared to others we got worse. The third goal gave us peace of mind.”

Mourinho said Roma dominated the game.

“I didn’t have the feeling that they dominated, we swerved a bit in the final stages when Djimsiti had to come out. We risked finishing 4-1, it would have been too much, but it was an easy situation. We were good at limiting a great team. At one point important players came in.”


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