Atalanta don't need a coach anymore after Lazio comeback, jokes Gasperini

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Gian Piero Gasperini joked that Atalanta do not need a coach after watching the team's stunning Serie A comeback against Lazio from the stands.

Atalanta head coach Gasperini served a touchline ban as the Bergamo high flyers rallied past title hopefuls Lazio 3-2 on Wednesday.

Lazio – looking to claw back within a point of leaders Juventus – raced out to a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes courtesy of a Marten de Roon own goal and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's wonderful 25-yard effort.

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But Atalanta stormed back after Robin Gosens reduced the deficit prior to half-time, snapping Lazio's 21-match unbeaten streak in the league thanks to Ruslan Malinovskiy's memorable equaliser and Jose Luis Palomino's 80th-minute winner.

Gasperini lauded fourth-placed Atalanta, who moved within four points of Inter after taking their tally to a Serie A-high 77 goals through just 27 matches.

"It's no fun in the stands, as you can't intervene even on the tiny things like advising your players," Gasperini told Sky Sport Italia.

"It's a struggle, but it was also immensely satisfying, as I got the feeling this team doesn't need a coach anymore! They know exactly what to do and all it takes is a gesture or a word to get them going.

"This Atalanta side has this maturity and confidence in its football that it never wavers, even in the most difficult of circumstances like this evening.

"Fighting back from 2-0 against a team like Lazio, always having the confidence that we'd turn it around, not many squads can say they feel like that."

Atalanta, who also scored a season-high 77 league goals last season, travel to Udinese on Sunday.

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