Atalanta set to be with out Ilicic for Champions League conflict with PSG – Gasperini

Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini mentioned Josip Ilicic is unlikely to be match to face Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League quarter-finals.

Ilicic has starred for high-flying Atalanta this season, scoring 15 Serie A targets and 5 throughout the membership’s memorable run to the Champions League’s final eight.

Nonetheless, Ilicic is a doubt for the August 12 showdown in opposition to Ligue 1 holders PSG in Lisbon, having not featured since Atalanta’s 2-2 draw with Serie A champions Juventus on July 11.

Talking after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Parma, Gasperini advised Sky Sport Italia: “It is a pity that within the decisive moments of the season, we’ve got to do with out key gamers.

“We had months with out Duvan Zapata, now Ilicic is out and the extra time passes, the much less seemingly we’re to get him again taking part in for the Champions League. It may be actually troublesome to have him prepared.

“The group is doing effectively to adapt and attempt to discover a totally different steadiness, as a result of we’ve got gamers with very totally different traits, for instance Mario Pasalic, Gomez and Malinovskyi.

“With out Duvan Zapata, we needed to make modifications and discover a totally different manner, so we attempt to make up for these points with different qualities.”

“Ilicic is key for us, it was his season up till March, he was devastating in each Serie A and Europe,” he continued.

“It might be like Juventus lacking Paulo Dybala or Lazio taking part in with out Ciro Motionless, even Inter with out Romelu Lukaku.”


Revealed 29 Jul 2020, 06:12 IST