Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed details of his discussion with Cristiano Ronaldo following the Manchester United superstar’s Champions League feat. The Portuguese striker scored a life-saving brace for his Manchester United side to secure a 2-2 draw in Bergamo on Tuesday night.
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His goals negated the efforts of Josep Ilicic and Duvan Zapata for the hosts. The 36-year-old also scored the winning goal in the two sides’ first leg at Old Trafford, and the inevitably disappointed Gasperini lamented his “incredible” finishing ability after the final whistle at Gewiss Stadium.
“Do you know what they say in Italy? Go to hell”
Gasperini was seen speaking with Ronaldo on the pitch after his equalizer in added time, and disclosed to Sky Italia what he said to the Portuguese striker in a post-match interview. “At the end of the game I spoke with Ronaldo. He’s an incredible player, some even call him a problem. It’s a nice problem to have. He’s rarely off target, half the time he scores , half the time is saved “, analyzed the transalpine technician, appreciating his precision.
“I said to him: ‘Do you know what they say in Italy? Go to hell'”, then revealed the coach of Atalanta. Since returning to United from Juventus this summer, Ronaldo has scored five goals in four Champions League appearances. The veteran striker almost single-handedly propelled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to the top of Group F, Villarreal being second on goal difference after their 2-0 win over Young Boys and Atalanta being third in that same. group with two points gleaned.
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Ronaldo admitted that the Red Devils were somewhat lucky to avoid defeat on their last outing, and called for patience in an attempt to regain some consistency. “We never give up, we believe until the end, it’s a good result for us,” he told BT Sport. “It was a tough start, we knew Atalanta would put a lot of pressure, they have a fantastic coach, when I was playing at Juventus they were always tough to face. We were a bit lucky at the end, but it’s football. We still have to improve. We have different players, a different system. “, then added CR7.