Atalanta has overachieved in Italy, and Atalanta’s players have been overachieving at the European Championship.
The club from the small northern Italian city of Bergamo has been transformed into an attack-minded force by coach Gian Piero Gasperini and his players are working just as hard for their national teams at Euro 2020.
“You have to thank Mr. Gasperini,” said Germany defender Robin Gosens, who scored a goal against defending champion Portugal in the group stage. “He had a great influence on it and these qualities that seem to have slumbered in me a bit were tickled out of me with the game system in Bergamo.
“I’ve been there for four years now and have internalized the system. I’m someone who likes to take part in the offensive game and I also have the dynamism and the time to score.”