Gian Piero Gasperini suffered Coronavirus. The Atalanta coach spoke honestly in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport. He hopes that Atalanta will make the whole Bergamo happy.
When Coronavirus invaded Europe, the first epicenter of the spread was Italy, specifically the small town of Bergamo near Milan, where the football club advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
New Coronavirus also met with Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini. Fortunately, the 62-year-old coach has recovered. Gasperini has now spoken candidly with “Gazzetta Dello Sport” about what he has endured recently.
“I was ill the day before the Champions League match against Valencia. It was March 10. Then I didn’t sleep for two nights. Indeed, I didn’t have a fever. But I felt like I had a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, “Gasperini said in an interview.
Bergamo deserves great joy!
Atalanta’s match against Valencia is considered to be the center of the whole Lombardy epidemic. As it turns out, the virus has spread to hundreds of Atalanta fans at the stadium, and experts say the virus has spread from Bergamo to the whole of Lombardy. The match took place on March 11 in Valencia and was attended by several hundred Bergamo fans.
“Once in two minutes, we heard the sound of an ambulance siren, because one of the main hospitals in Bergamo is close to our sports center. It was a story like the one in the war. I wondered what would happen to me if I got to the clinic. I thought about death. Although, I kept repeating that I didn’t want to die because I think I still have a lot to do and can a lot to do. I indeed used to tell other people with a smile or a joke, but inside I really thought about it, ” recalls Atalanta’s coach, who lost his sense of taste during his illness.
After the tragedy that Bergamo has endured in the last three months, Gasperini hopes that Atalanta will make the residents of a small, beautiful city feel joyful: “We are in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. I am sure we will play with the greatest energy. Bergamo deserves great, extraordinary joy,” Gasperini said.