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‘Would be something extraordinary’ – Atalanta coach dreams of beating Real Madrid in UEFA Super Cup

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Atalanta defied all odds to defeat Bayer Leverkusen in the final of the UEFA Europa League, not more than a few weeks ago.

A week later, Real Madrid, too, defeated a German opponent in the UEFA Champions League. Their 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund sealed the club’s record 15th UCL title.

The win also helped Real Madrid book a place in next season’s UEFA Super Cup against Atalanta.

Gian Piero Gasperini on facing Real Madrid

In a recent interview, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was asked about facing Real Madrid in the European Super Cup.

Gasperini expressed that winning the Super Cup will be Atalanta’s next big goal, although he did admit Real Madrid will be a difficult opponent.

The European Super Cup is our next dream,” said Gasperini (h/t Mundo Deportivo), who has been the coach of Atalanta for the past eight years.

When asked about facing Real Madrid in the final, the Italian added, “Since we had this opportunity, without taking anything away from Borussia Dortmund, the hope was to face Real Madrid for a matter of prestige.”

Atalanta are the Europa League champions (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

“Real are the most famous team in the world. Going to compete with them for a Super Cup is something prestigious for Atalanta and for all of Bergamo,” he added.

As Gasperini continued to heap praise on the 15th-time European champion, he was also asked whether Atalanta have any chance of beating Real Madrid in the Super Cup.

The Italian admitted it will be a difficult task, though he did misplace his statistic when he mentioned “Real Madrid have not lost a European final since 1983.”

It must be noted that Real Madrid did lose a European final in 2018 when they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.

Nevertheless, Gasperini admitted that beating Real Madrid would be a real achievement for Atalanta.  

“It would be something extraordinary. Even Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen had not lost for a long time, perhaps due to the law of large numbers. For now, we will stick to this,” he concluded.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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