‘A performance to never forget’, ‘It wasn’t our day’: Atalanta and Leverkusen coaches react to Italians’ success

‘A performance to never forget’, ‘It wasn’t our day’: Atalanta and Leverkusen coaches react to Italians’ success
‘A performance to never forget’, ‘It wasn’t our day’: Atalanta and Leverkusen coaches react to Italians’ success

Gasperini savors

“I think we made history, especially because of the way we won,” Gasperini told reporters at the Dublin Arena. “It was extraordinary. We beat a Premier League club like Liverpool this season, as well as Sporting Portugal who became champions at home. And now, the German champions. It’s incredible. The boys played well. extraordinary way, a performance never to be forgotten.”

“It’s a final and the only thing that matters is winning,” added the 66-year-old Italian. “We knew if we played like that we could take advantage.”

Ademola Lookman was unsurprisingly named Player of the Match. “It was one of the best nights of my life,” he said. “It was a great performance by the team. We did it – it’s fantastic. I’m so happy we won. We made history tonight.”

Alonso resigned

Bayer Leverkusen found the bitter taste of defeat at the worst time. The German champion lost 3-0 to Atalanta in the Europa League final; Wednesday in Dublin. He suffered his first defeat of the season after 51 undefeated games. Coach Xabi Alonso was resigned to this defeat after the fact.

“We have to accept that Atalanta were better today and that they deserve the trophy,” the Spanish coach told the press after the match played at the Dublin Arena. “We had problems after Atalanta’s first goal and we couldn’t find a solution. We had a lot of trouble creating good chances. It wasn’t our day. But that’s it. football We will analyze this final, because we have another important match awaiting us on Saturday with the German Cup final (against Kaiserslautern).”

“It hurts, but we have to use this pain in a positive way,” concluded Alonso, full of hope. “It’s very special what we achieved and we should be proud. We will learn from this defeat.”

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