Bergamo, 6 January 2020 – Following today’s match at the Gewiss Stadium, Bruno Alves spoke to journalists in the Mixed Zone. These were his words:

“We always need to display the same attitude. We’re a group that works hard during the week and we always try to give our best. This was also the case today but Atalanta were the stronger team, compliments to them. We need to get back to working hard this week so that we can get back to winning ways. There needs to be the same attitude both when we win and when we lose, we have players with great character so we can keep on looking ahead.

“Sometimes, football makes you realise where you actually are. We work hard, it’s not easy for me to comment on a defeat like this but we all work and try to maintain the same attitude, irrespective of the results we pick up. This game will serve as a lesson for us, we’ll train hard during the week to prepare for our next match: this is our mentality. We can’t do anything about the match that we’ve just played. However, we can work with intensity to ensure that we’re ready when it’s time to play our next fixture.

“In the first 10-15 minutes, we created a few situations and tried to implement what we’d prepared during the week: the aim was to defend well and try to attack the spaces that could open up due to the way that they attack their opponents. Even though we were heading for defeat, we tried to give our all until the final whistle, but Atalanta were superior to us on a technical level. For me, it’s important to talk about the future now because we can no longer do anything about today’s game. This week, we’ll prepare to win our next one.

“The team’s attitude stays the same both when we win and when we lose, we have players with strong mentalities. Even after big defeats, we can come back stronger as we look to work to achieve a good result at home. I haven’t had the chance to talk to the team, but the important thing is to return to the training pitch and think about recovering from this defeat. The players have shown that they can do better, we know what we can do better, now we need to remain focused ahead of our next match.

Kulusevski is young, he’s learning every day and needs to continue to work hard. This is football: what you’ve done no longer counts, you always need to display what you can do. He’s a humble lad and I think he’s got a great future ahead of him. Great things are expected of him but we’re here to give him support whenever he needs it.”