Atalanta have played Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Champions League – and host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United on Tuesday
The Serie A regulars have faced all three teams during the last three Champions League campaigns, achieving various results.
In 2019-20, Atalanta suffered a 5-1 loss to City at the Etihad but secured a 1-1 draw against Pep Guardiola’s side at home.
And last season, the Lombardy club suffered a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool but went on to win 2-0 at Anfield three weeks later.
Gasperini’s side have played United once this term, surrendering a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford last month in a 3-2 defeat.
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Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have already picked up as many wins as their local rivals against Atalanta, Gasperini believes they aren’t as good as them.
As quoted by Football Italia, the manager explained: “When we met Liverpool and City, they were at their peak.
“They were organised, solid and with a clear identity. To me, United looks like a team under construction.
“However, they have great potential, they haven’t been consistent, but they are still a very strong team.”
United haven’t won the Premier League since 2013 and are approaching five years without winning a major honour.
City and Liverpool, meanwhile, have both won league titles and appeared in Champions League finals during the last three years.
Atalanta welcome United and Tuesday evening and Gasperini hasn’t played down the importance of the affair. Victory for the hosts would see them leapfrog their opponents in their group.
The manager added: “For us, it’s an important game, but only if we win. We know we need six points from the next three games, so this match is important, but not decisive.”
Ronaldo has made a steady start to his second spell at United, scoring seven goals in ten appearances in all competitions – including the winner against Atalanta at Old Trafford.
Gasperini continued: “He is an extraordinary footballer, but everybody knows him.
“He is doing so well at Manchester United and he gave a lot to Serie A. Personally, I am sorry to see him return to England because I always hope to face the best players in Italy.”
And Gasperini was keen to praise Solskjaer after the United boss came under fire for his team’s dismal 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last month.
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Many have called for the Norwegian to be relieved of his duties, although he eased the pressure on his shoulders with a 3-0 victory at Tottenham on Saturday.
Gasperini insisted: “Solskjaer did a great job last year, even if United arrived second. Manchester United have great potential, but they are not always consistent.
“However, they will reach their targets also in the Premier League.”