Gasperini claims Atalanta still have ‘room for growth’

Gian Piero Gasperini said it would have "been impossible" for him to leave his job at Atalanta for Serie A rivals Roma during the summer.

Gian Piero Gasperini is delighted with Atalanta’s Serie A form but he insists that they have “room for growth” especially in the Champions League.

La Dea made it four wins from their last five league fixtures on Sunday as goals from Duvan Zapata, Alejandro Dario Gomez and Robin Gosens sealed a 3-1 win against Lecce at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.

The result leaves Atalanta sitting third in the Serie A table, just three points behind leaders and reigning champions Juventus.

However, they have been unable to repeat that form in Europe with defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening two Champions League Group C games.

Reigning English Premier League champions and group leaders Manchester City are up in their next game so Gasperini is looking for improvements across the board.

He said: “We still have room for growth. We had several chances, which we didn’t take. We must be more ruthless. Still, I’m happy. We’ve put together a run of games with quality. We’re constantly seeking confirmation.

“We always know what to do and we have more options now. Over the years we’ve reduced the gap with the big sides. We also want to do that in the Champions League.”