Ex-Atalanta captain Glenn Stromberg is backing the Bergamaschi to continue their incredible season in the Coppa Italia final and their remaining Serie A games.
Remarkably, the Nerazzurri are within touching-distance of reaching the Champions League despite having Serie A’s 14th biggest wage budget, but the Swede is confident they can achieve what was seen as unachievable.
“What’s happening is something out of the ordinary,” the Atalanta icon said of his former club’s success ahead of their Coppa Italia final meeting with Lazio on Wednesday.
“It’s no longer a surprise. People now talk of them abroad.”
Gian Piero Gasperini has masterminded La Dea’s rise, and Stromberg had some words of praise for the coach.
“Gasperini is extraordinary,” he said, “he takes everyone on face to face, which makes a difference.
“Then he shows them [Papu] Gomez, [Josip] Ilicic and [Duvan] Zapata – who can stop them?
“The Champions League and Coppa Italia are both wonderfully possible, in the summer I would never have believed it.”
With Juventus and Sassuolo still to come in Serie A, with both games being played away from Bergamo, the Bergamaschi need four points to guarantee their participation in next season’s Champions League.
“They can do it,” the former player said.
“They don’t know the fatigue.
“Who wouldn’t want to play in this team? I’m 59 years old, if Gasperini gives the ok, I’m ready!”