Atalanta left with ‘lot of regret’ after quarter-final exit, but take pride in best ever season
Milan: Atalanta grew to become their center of attention to subsequent season after their surprising Champions League run resulted in a heartbreaking 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
“Sour finish,” headlined the Corriere di Bergamo after two last-gasp targets denied native heroes Atalanta, who had led heading into the overall minute in Lisbon thank you Mario Pasalic’s opener halfway in the course of the first part.
“Atalanta held out and dreamed” prior to falling to “a star-studded staff of millionaires,” the newspaper wrote.
The aspect from Bergamo, the town within the foothills of the Italian Alps which suffered immensely right through the coronavirus pandemic, have been wearing their nation’s hopes of a primary Champions League trophy in a decade.
“Happy with you,” ran the entrance pages of a number of newspapers together with Tuttosport and the Eco di Bergamo.
Referred to as ‘L. a. Dea’ (The Goddess), Atalanta have been not likely challengers having gained only one primary trophy, the 1963 Italian Cup.
That they had earned their Champions League debut after a third-place end in Serie A final season, and coupled that this marketing campaign to make sure some other run at Europe’s best pageant.
“There may be numerous remorseful about,” Atalanta CEO Luca Percassi informed Sky Recreation.
“We’re happy with those guys, of what they’ve proven all through this very other season.”
Regardless of the heavy have an effect on of COVID-19, the season has been Atalanta’s highest ever.
They completed a membership report 78 issues in Serie A, scoring a whopping 98 targets within the procedure.
“There may be monumental pride for having highest represented our town,” endured Percassi.
“We go back house with remorseful about however with the attention of getting made a complete inhabitants glad.”
Enjoying within the Champions League has lifted their recreation, he added.
“You evaluate your self with the most efficient on this planet and having the ability to play it subsequent yr is some other supply of pleasure and pride,” mentioned Percassi.
The membership also are constructive that their Atleti Azzurri d’Italia Stadium, which underwent renovations this season, will have the ability to host Eu video games when the brand new marketing campaign will get underway.
The membership have been enjoying their Champions League video games within the San Siro in Milan.
“We now need to play a Eu pageant at house, on September 7 and eight there can be an inspection via UEFA to test the development of the paintings, we’re assured that this will occur,” added Percassi.
It has now been a decade since an Italian staff has lifted the Champions League, when Jose Mourinho led Inter Milan to an remarkable treble.
Juventus did not make it previous the final 16 this season, the nine-time reigning home champions final successful the trophy in 1996.
All eyes will now be on Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan to avoid wasting Italian pleasure as they’re nonetheless within the working for the Europa League.