Gasperini Questions Atalanta Direction After Inter Loss

Atalanta ended the first half of the season on a sour note, losing four of the last five matches, marring what had been a splendid start. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini took a big-picture approach, raising doubts about the strategy of the club while commenting Sunday’s defeat against Inter (via Calciomercato).

“We have to share what our goals are, whether we aim to win or renovate the squad. I have to be put in condition to valorize what the management creates. If the objective is the second one, we have to forge ahead and trust the talents. We can’t have it both ways. Merih Demiral and Duvan Zapata were disappointed after I subbed them off. I can’t be in a spot where I routinely clash with them, as they have given me a lot. If we shoot for the fourth position, then it should be clear and we’ll work towards that. But we would be missing the mark in my mind.”

Gasperini urged the Atalanta brass to elucidate the plans for the future.

“I don’t want to bicker with a player every time I replace him. We have to foresee these problems. We don’t need so much uncertainty. I would be fine with avoiding relegation at the last match-day while grooming youngsters. The only saving grace so far was that we got off to a strong start. We are in a transitional phase, where we have a few well-established players and are trying to insert up-and-comers, like Caleb Okoli or Giorgio Scalvini. You have to give them minutes to allow them to grow. I demanded clarity, but I feel like I am on my own and there’s a lot of confusion. I’m not okay with this situation.”

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