Atalanta has been eliminated from UEFA Champions League following a loss to Villarreal who book their place in the knockout stage. Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata has encouraged his teammates to divert their focus on Serie A.
Duvan Zapata scored the first goal for La Dea in the second half of the football match to fight back with Villarreal who were leading the game. A 3-2 match result home defeat on Thursday to Villarreal saw the Bergamo-based side drop down into the Europa League.
Zapata said: “We are disappointed, but also feel we gave everything we had. It’s really sad, because we wanted to go through and be in the final 16. That’s the way it went, we need to focus on Serie A now because it is thanks to our form in the league that we got here.”
“They scored so early and we tried to fight back, but I think the anxiety got to us. Villarreal is a really good team and they played so well this evening. We tried to play our game and at least equalise, but luck wasn’t on our side with the woodwork. There are regrets over all the situations where we could’ve done better, but I also feel that we can rest easy knowing we tried everything to get this game back on track.”
Atalanta travel to face Verona on Sunday with little rest, due to their Villarreal match being moved from Wednesday to Thursday night due to heavy snow. La Dea sits fourth in Serie A, just four points off log leaders AC Milan.
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