Trainer Gian Piero Gasperini realizes that Atalanta should be a lot better on Tuesday in the Champions League against Ajax than on Saturday in the Serie A. The Italians went down 1-3 against Sampdoria with a strongly changed team.
“The defeat is due to my experiments. This is what happens when you try to fit in too many new players quickly,” Gasperini told Italian media after the game. “It will be a completely different match against Ajax and then we have to be there again.”
Atalanta started with seven changes in the starting eleven compared to the Champions League game with FC Midtjylland (0-4) and was already 0-2 behind after an hour of play. Duván Zapata made the tying goal ten minutes before the end from the spot, but Sampdoria secured the victory in injury time.
“On the one hand, we have to get the new players used to it as quickly as possible. But on the other, we have to keep a certain balance in the team and not experiment too much,” said Gasperini about his dilemma. Logically he will not give any players rest against Ajax.
“On Tuesday we will meet a team with a lot of quality that plays fast and technically well. Ajax is one of the stronger teams. We will have to do better on Tuesday, because it will be a very important match in the battle for a place in the eighth finals. “
The match between the Dutch tinted Atalanta – Sam Lammers, Marten de Roon and Hans Hateboer are under contract there – and Ajax starts on Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Bergamo. The team from Amsterdam started the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday with an unfortunate 0-1 defeat against Liverpool.
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