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Atalanta coach Gasperini on Juventus draw: Happy with performance, disappointed with result

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was left frustrated after their 2-2 draw with Juventus.

A pair of Cristiano Ronaldo penalties, both awarded for handling offences, allowed Juve to grab a point.

The coach said: “It was a great performance against the Serie A leaders, I told the lads to treat this like a Champions League game, as we'll face teams of this level in August.

“We achieved everything we set out to, I am clearly very happy with the performance and very disappointed not to have won. We were leading until the final minute and had done everything to deserve the victory.

“We said that qualifying for the Champions League for the second year running was our ultimate aim, so after that third or second is about prestige, but the objective remains the same.

“I thought we started quite strong this season too, then of course the Champions League took a little energy off us. The real points we dropped were in the head-to-head games with Lazio, Juventus and Inter, but then we never did target the Scudetto!

“We've raised the bar and are hitting our targets anyway. We can't think of the Scudetto. It's already infuriating many people to see us in the Champions League, as it brings with it so much financial gain and prestige.

“We're seeing the team grow every year. We didn't have this kind of character to play like this at the Juventus Stadium in the past, but if we keep getting results and performances, we do grow.

Juventus have the Scudetto, they're not going to let it go. I don't know how much longer we can keep winning games, but it's in any case a way of testing ourselves for the Champions League and we fully intend to make a good impression in Europe."

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