Albert Celades appeared in the conference room of San Siro with his usual denim shirt and the funeral’s own countenance. “The game has escaped us because of our lack of effectiveness,” said the Valencia coach, who had just attended a 4-1 against the line that he refused to recognize as a beating. “We have had very clear occasions and we have not marked them. The result is not what was seen in the field. ”
The bereaved Celades was succeeded by Gian Piero Gasperini, who presented himself with the disheveled white hair, like a pianist, among the applause of the audience. “It’s true,” said the Italian, when asked about Celades’ words. “The match did not reflect everything that happened on the field. It could have ended even with one more goal for us and theirs. ”
“Tonight has already been a success since we arrived in San Siro on the bus and saw these 40,000 followers who came from Bergamo to see us,” Gasperini celebrated. “Victory will remind you for a long time.”
For Atalanta it was a historic day. The first round of 16 Champions match played by the club since its foundation in 1907. An unforgettable pilgrimage for his fans and a headache for Celades, who preferred to think that everything was summed up in the lack of forcefulness of his defense, plagued by substitutes on the axis, and the lack of hit by Maxi, who missed two more or less clear goals, especially one on one with Gollini when Atalanta had already scored four. “You can’t grant that much, ”Celades said. “The future of the party has marked our lack of effectiveness, not the concessions we gave. The difference has been in effectiveness. ”
Together with Celades, Gayà considered that the comeback in Mestalla is possible. In this all agreed. Because Gasperini warned that the tie was still open: “I am convinced that the qualification is not decided. We must go play with personality. We don’t just have to think about defending ourselves. We have to be brave to propose. We must not go to think to endure 90 besieged minutes. The best way to move into rooms will be to be faithful to our characteristics. ”
Gasperini evaluated the game by pointing out that his team had to overcome a major problem with the injury of central Djimsiti. Without the center, said the coach, his team was disorganized back and his players were intimidated. “We had problems in the defensive phase,” he lamented. “There Valencia created us difficulties. We had trouble recovering the ball and moving it with precision. We have sinned of prudent because we have retreated too much and when we have recovered the ball. We have not been able to give the necessary support to the partner who regained possession. We must correct these errors because there they can be dangerous in the return ”.
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