Atalanta turn to next season after ‘bitter’ Champions League exit


Atalanta’s Italian goalkeeper Marco Sportiello reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final football match between Atalanta and Paris Saint-Germain at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon on August 12, 2020. (Photo by David Ramos / POOL / AFP)

Atalanta turned their focus to next season after their stunning Champions League run ended in a heartbreaking 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Bitter end,” headlined the Corriere di Bergamo after two last-gasp goals denied local heroes Atalanta, who had led heading into the final minute in Lisbon thanks Mario Pasalic’s opener midway through the first half.

“Atalanta held out and dreamed” before falling to “a star-studded team of millionaires,” the newspaper wrote.

The side from Bergamo, the city in the foothills of the Italian Alps which suffered immensely during the coronavirus pandemic, were carrying their country’s hopes of a first Champions League trophy in a decade.

“Proud of you,” ran the…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper