After suffering a 2-1 defeat to the French Lique One champion Paris St German, Atalanta of Italy midfielder Mario Pasalic has confirmed that the team will be back stronger next season, OJB Sport reports.
Paris Saint-Germain staged a stoppage-time comeback to beat Atalanta 2-1 and reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time in 25 years on Wednesday night.
Until Marquinho’s 90th-minute goal canceled out Mario Pasalic’s first-half opener for the Serie A side, PSG’s night had been blotted by Neymar’s succession of misses.
While speaking to tribal football after the match, Pasalic said they were so close to reach the last four.
“It’s a pity, we were so close, but that’s the Champions League, teams with quality upfront can score two goals in two minutes,” Pasalic told Sky Sport Italia.
“The disappointment is there, so are regrets, but we want to look forward and be more prepared for the Champions League next season.
“We did all we possibly could, there’s no doubt about that, but these teams have so much individual quality that they can hurt you at any moment.
“I think we proved that we can fight it out with the strongest opponents and I hope we can do the same in the Champions League next season,” he told tribal football.
It was a painful collapse for Atalanta, ending an improbable journey in its debut Champions League campaign.