Valencia released a statement on the news that Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini had COVID-19 symptoms before their game expressing their ‘surprise.’
Gasperini confessed to La Gazzetta Dello Sport newspaper, revealing that he felt unwell the day before and during the second leg of their 16- tie Champions League Round on March 10th. He had no fever and was not deemed fit at that time for a coronavirus study. It was only 10 days ago that Gasperini learned in a blood test that he had the antibodies, and healed from the virus.
Valencia CF would like to express publicly our shock at the statements made by Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini in the Italian press this Sunday, reporting that, both the day before and the day of the match played in Mestalla on 10 March, the coach of our opponent team in the UEFA Champions League.
Last 16 game was aware of the theoretically compatible suffering symptoms with those of coronavirus, without taking preventive measures, “read a statement.
“These actions, if that were the case, would have put a lot of people at risk during the trip to -and live in- Valencia. It should be remembered that, under strict safety measures, this game was held behind closed doors, on the order of the Spanish health authorities, to prevent the risk of COVID-19 infection, precisely because of the presence of people from an area already publicly classified as ‘at risk’ at the time. On 20 February, nearly a month before this trip to Valencia, the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Italy. The day before the game in Valencia I felt sick and then on the afternoon of the game I felt much worse,” Gasperini told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“An ambulance would be going past every two minutes, as there is a hospital near the training ground. It looked like a warzone. What’s going to happen to me at night if I go to the hospital? I can not go now, I still have so much to do. It was a joke to lighten the mood with myself in some way, but on the other hand, I thought about it. Instead, I had the hardest training session in years on Saturday, March 14, one hour on the running machine plus a 10 km sprint. I felt strong, fantastic.”