Atalanta star Davide Zappacosta has been speaking about the team’s defeat to Manchester United.
The former Chelsea defender says there is a lot of frustration that they came away with Old Trafford with a defeat.
Villarreal’s 4-1 win at Young Boys pushes Atalanta down into third place in the group.
Speaking about the loss, Zappacosta told TMW: “There is so much regret, regret, anger. We started very well, we feel we have thrown away a game.
“There is so much disappointment because it was the first time for Atalanta in this stadium, we wanted to make a good impression.”
He added: “They have raised the pace, we have lowered ourselves a little. In the substitutions they have put us in difficulty, they have brought in many players and we have found ourselves facing Cavani, Pogba, Greenwood, Ronaldo.”
Zappacosta added that this was a lesson for the second match between the two teams, as Atalanta know they have to keep up the performance of the first half and not let their standards slip.
That’s easier said than done of course, when United’s array of attacking talent are on the pitch and on the bench.
United did create chances in the first half and quite easily could have gone in at 2-2 rather than 2-0 down.
Old Trafford crowd a factor
Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini told TMW that the home fans gave a decisive edge.
He said: “They are pushed by an audience. exceptional that makes the difference.”
These sentiments were backed by United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He told the club website: “I said it before the game, if we go out there and give everything for the team, we will have the crowd behind our backs. They always do here.
“They always turn up, the singing end and the Red Army were unbelievable.”
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