Atalanta hit six past Sassuolo

Football 28 December 2018 20:28 GMT

Josip Ilicic grabbed a second-half hat-trick to seal a thumping 6-2 win over Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium with Duvan Zapata, Alejandro Gomez and Gianluca Mancini opening the scoresheet and Alfred Duncan brace in a thrilling afternoon in the Serie A.

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Gian Piero Gasperini praised Ilicic impact: “It was the third game in a week, he is physically irregular and I knew that when he enters it is decisive”

Gasperini continued: ” Barrow did a good, Ilicic is a weapon that I reserved for the race in progress, he repaid me with a hat-trick”. The orobici technician then unveils an anecdote: “Josip is regularly called the grandma in the locker room. The problem is to be able to train with continuity if you can convince him he is a nice spirit and is very nice for the group. despite his attitude, you seem very indolent”.

Sassuolo coach , De Zerbi , after the defeat with the Atalanta:“We suffered against a strong team that when it’s all right, it’s all in trouble, but despite the 0-0 with Matri we had the goal ball, as well as the 1-1 and also the 3-2 with Rogerio and Di Francesco, but this does not detract from their merits and demerits us. It annoys having taken the last two goals, 6-2 is heavy “.

“I’m always ambitious, but I said it when it was won that it was not time to set goals and I think the same way: keeping pace with competitors for 38 races is difficult, both physically and quality. , but you should not lose 6-2. Then I take the blame because I think it needed more courage, as the recovery began we deserved the same, then maybe we would have lost anyway.

“We have not made a good impression but I do not reproach the boys, they gave everything maybe not in terms of courage and wickedness. They remain, my team, even when we lose 6-2. I am proud to have a patron like Squinzi and the players who I have”.

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