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Gian Piero Gasperini: We suffered against Milan

Gian Piero Gasperini admits Milan made Atalanta suffer for a point at San Siro, and he also finds it challenging to defend the penalty call.

Atalanta, on a five-game winning streak, found themselves trailing early as Rafael Leao nutmegged two players and curled a shot into the far top corner by the third minute.

“We conceded after what felt like 30 seconds on a situation that we had worked on during the week. Because we knew that was one of Milan’s strengths.” Gian Piero Gasperini told DAZN.

“It is natural that all teams have different solutions and Milan do occasionally play with a three-man midfield. We did not expect Bennacer to be there, sometimes Loftus-Cheek is on the right. We inverted Ederson’s position with that of De Roon, so that certainly did not affect our performance.”

Marco Carnesecchi made several excellent saves, and Teun Koopmeiners leveled the score with a penalty awarded via VAR. Olivier Giroud mistimed a clearance, catching Emil Holm on the arm and chest.

“Milan put in a very good performance. We struggled tonight, but managed to bring home a point among great difficulty. This was certainly our toughest match of recent months and the credit goes to Milan for that.”

“Milan put in a very good performance, we struggled tonight, but managed to bring home a point among great difficulty. This was certainly our toughest match of recent months and the credit goes to Milan for that.”

Gian Piero Gasperini: People say it is modern football

Pioli was livid about the penalty call, especially since Holm put his hands to his face despite no contact there. Gian Piero Gasperini also found it hard to defend the decision.

“Orsato went to view it on VAR. We’ve seen a lot of these VAR penalties this season. I have never been in favour of this type of penalty, but they have become frequent. Plus we’ve got credit with Milan when it comes to penalties, so it turned our way this time.

“People say it is modern football, favoured also by your television coverage that tends to enjoy focusing on this sort of thing. It is really not something people of my generation recognise, but there you go.”

Atalanta faces leaders Inter at San Siro on Wednesday for the rescheduled Serie A Week 21 fixture. Despite losing fourth place to Bologna, they maintain an impressive unbeaten streak.

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.
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