Lisbon – Atalanta were beaten dramatically by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals. The surprises that La Dea presented this season also ended.
Playing at Estadio Da Luz, Thursday (13/8) in the morning WIB, Atalanta’s hopes of qualifying for the semifinals were wide open until the 89th minute of the second half. They were leading 1-0 thanks to Mario Pasalic’s goal in the first half.
But PSG mentally is different. Filled with world-class stars like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, they didn’t want to give up before the long whistle sounded.
Atalanta’s negligence has recently been paid dearly. PSG scored two goals in the 90th minute through Marquinhos and in second half injury time through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and qualified for the semifinals. The story of the fantastic journey that they have served this season is over.
2019/20 is indeed the best season in Atalanta’s history. Gian Piero Gasperini’s squad finished third in Serie A with 98 goals, the most of any team. They also made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League on their first appearance.
In the highest competition in European football, Atalanta was seen as a complement after losing three consecutive group stages by Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb. But they got up in the remaining three games.
Two wins and one draw were enough for Gli Orobici to step into the last 16 alongside Manchester City. This was greeted enthusiastically by the residents of the city of Bergamo.
A total of 44 thousand people, or about a third of the population of the city of Bergamo, were present in live support at the San Siro stadium in the first leg against Valencia, which was won 4-1. In the second leg, they won 4-3 again, bringing them through to the last eight before being stopped by PSG.
“We’ve done everything we can. At the end of this very difficult and tiring match, I can only thank the players,” Gasperini told Sky Sport Italia, after their painful exit at the hands of PSG.
Now, Atalanta is just getting ready for next season. They will return to appear in the Champions League, and hope to repeat a similar achievement or even better.
“Disappointments are there, so are regrets, but we want to look forward and be better prepared for next season’s Champions League. We’re doing everything we can, there’s no doubt about that, but these teams have so much individual quality that they can hurt. You anytime, “said Pasalic.
“I think we proved that we can fight with the strongest opponents. I hope we can do the same in the Champions League next season,” added the Croatian midfielder.