Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini discussed tomorrow’s Coppa Italia clash against Lazio when speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference earlier today. His words were collected by Italian media outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi.

I fear Lazio in both competitions. In recent years they have always been a protagonist. A team that started with ambitions and is playing in the Champions League.

We’re trying to stay in all competitions. Tomorrow’s game is the first of two very close ones, so there’s a bit of curiosity about that too. We’re all aiming for the maximum.

He touched on if the Bergamo based club wanted revenge after losing the Coppa Italia final to the Biancocelesti in the 2018/19 season.

Yes, but these are two teams that have always been protagonists in recent years, in the Coppa Italia, in the league and also in Europe. They are both a reality in our league.

I think the Coppa Italia is important but the league is important too. So, we’ll be very careful in both games.

The Italian coach touched on the condition of Dutch right back Hans Hateboer.

He’s not very well. He has a small injury to the metatarsal of his foot, which is a very painful area, also because you have to kick the ball and he suffers a lot.

We hope he can recover in a few days.

Finally, Gasperini discussed his defense.

I think that right now I have a great flexibility in defense: Palomino, Romero, Toloi, Djimsiti, we’ll also have Caldara.

I’d say we’re in good shape. There is a good presence and a good evolution in the defensive department.


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