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Bergamo's mayor Giorgio Gori. PSG won 2-1. They keep the ball for fun; they enjoy it," he said. ", Football returned in Italy in June with Gasperini telling fans the club, Due to the impact coronavirus has had on the region, Tony Dorigo, former Torino, Chelsea, Leeds and England defender, told. The Gewiss Stadium will make its official historic debut in the Uefa Champions League on the 27th of October for the Atalanta-Ajax match. You knew something was there, but the size of that thing, it took us a while to grasp it. Liverpool will face AFC Ajax, Atalanta BC and FC Midtjylland in the 2020-21 Champions League group stage. Although 'La Dea' has finished in a European qualification position in each of the last four seasons, that hasn't always been the case. Atalanta will be without its own talisman after Ilicic. Live Highlights: Atalanta dazzle. ", "We realized something was happening, but we didn't immediately realize how terrible it was," he told COPA90's Martino Simcik. In his first season in charge, the team scored 19 goals more than the previous season, improving its league position from 13th to fourth. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP) How FC Barcelona 'lost its soul', READ: Twenty years on after football's most controversial transfer, READ: How Bruno Fernandes transformed Manchester United's fortunes, READ: The mystery of the 1998 World Cup final. Now it’s official: the Gewiss Stadium will host the next home matches of Atalanta in the 2020-2021 Champions League. The Dutchman was voted the UEFA Champions League Man of the Match in Atalanta's 4-1 win against Valencia. This season, Atalanta have continued to break records on its way to another third-place finish. "Because I was here [in Bergamo], even when we had just started staying at home, you would hear the ambulances every minute and ask yourself what the heck is happening. Atalanta have had to play their Champions League home games at the San Siro, in Milan, because their own stadium did not meet Uefa requirements. An incredible result, perhaps unthinkable even just a couple of years ago. "But ... before being an Atalanta player you're an Atalanta supporter. All with the 13th-highest. However, the main reason for Atalanta's change in fortunes has come in the form of a 56-year-old from Turin -- Gasperini. His team's ability to go faster for longer has helped facilitate his attacking style of play. And they will feel it tremendously, so I'm sure that's driving them on," he said. Their first-ever appearance in the competition last term saw them progress all the way through to the quarter-finals. The fruits of Gasperini's success started to blossom last season, much of it attributed to the arrival of Jens Bangsbo, a Danish strength and conditioning coach who served under Carlo Ancelotti and Marcello Lippi at Juventus, in October 2018. According to Dorigo, retaining players from the club's productive youth structure -- which has produced Italian internationals such as Giampaolo Pazzini, Riccardo Montolivo and Roberto Donadoni -- has helped. "Especially for its history. It has scored seven goals in a game on three occasions this season. A draw is OK.' Gasperini changed the mindset to winning," he, "It doesn't matter who we are playing against, you have to try to win. The Serie A side have had to play their home European games away from Stadio di Bergamo for the past three seasons due to insufficiencies with the ground. The Serie A side have had to play their home European games away from Stadio di Bergamo for the past three seasons due to insufficiencies with the ground. Atalanta players react during the Champions League quarter-final soccer match between Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. De Roon challenges Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan. Zapata celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opening goal against Hellas Verona. But you wonder, can they do it with the cream of European football? In Muriel, Duvan Zapata and the sublime Josep Ilicic, Gasperini has transformed players who arguably hadn't lived up to their potential. For Filisetti, who was born in Bergamo and came through the Atalanta academy, "playing for Atalanta was the best thing.". Atalanta have received approval from UEFA to stage Champions League matches at their home stadium in Bergamo this coming season. Atalanta have received approval from UEFA to stage Champions League matches at their home stadium in Bergamo this coming season. "It's devastating. Updated 0653 GMT (1453 HKT) August 13, 2020. However, after spending two years at Sassuolo's Mapei Stadium and last season at San Siro - in the Europa League and Champions League respectively - Atalanta are now able to play continental fixtures in their home city. What's happened in that region has hit particularly hard so that they are very much clubs of the people as well. "They seem to have a great bond and unity but, my goodness, they played really attractive football. You sit in Atalanta's home stand. It ended in heartbreak as Paris Saint-Germain performed a stoppage-time comeback, but … Atalanta's fans cheer as the bus transporting Atalanta players arrives at the stadium for the match against Sassuolo. Due to its cavalier approach to games, Dorigo tipped Atalanta to excel in this condensed format. To put the disparity between the two clubs into perspective, Atalanta's record signing, Luis Muriel, cost around $21 million when he joined last summer. Gasperini was appointed manager of Atalanta in June 2016, following a successful spell at Genoa -- and a not-so-successful spell at Inter Milan where he was sacked after just three months -- and immediately brought about an uptick in form with his attacking style of play and innovative 3-4-1-2 formation. Now it’s official: the Gewiss Stadium will host the next home matches of Atalanta in the 2020-2021 Champions League. The Reds were placed in Group D during Thursday’s draw in Geneva, alongside the teams from the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark respectively. Atalanta will play in Group D together with Liverpool, Ajax and Midtjylland. The Champions League resumes in Lisbon with all matches in the competition's altered format now being played over one leg instead of two. 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", Champions League returns but not as you've seen it before, Roma legend Totti visits young fan who awoke from coma, Football's year of shame: On and off the pitch, Rose Lavelle part of "American Invasion" into WSL, How Thierry Henry has lived racism in football, Lionel Messi and Barcelona: The highs and lows, United star Rashford forms taskforce to fight child food poverty, Angel City: The new women-led football team looking for a Hollywood ending. Indeed, the team's manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has since, Daniele Filisetti, a former Atalanta player who had to use an oxygen mask for 15 days after catching coronavirus, described the situation in Bergamo as a "slaughter. The club finished third in 2019, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in its 112-year history, and finished as the league's top scorers. Gewiss Stadium, a Champions League stadium! "More often than not, they'd be near the relegation spots," Dorigo said. Muriel celebrates with Gasperini after scoring against Udinese. You can watch the full 'Triumph through Tragedy: Bergamo, Atalanta and a European Dream' documentary on Copa90's YouTube channel on Thursday, August 13. "I think it increases their chances, of that I have no doubt. The official all-clear was given by Uefa in the afternoon of today, Wednesday 7 October. Liverpool will play in Bergamo on the 3rd of November.