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'They are useless': Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini blasts international friendlies after top scorer Duvan Zapata is ruled out of Champions League clash against Manchester City Atalanta visit Manchester City in Group C of the Champions League on Tuesday The Serie A side have lost both matches in their first season in the competition Top scorer Duvan Zapata will not play against a City side who are yet to concede Coach Gian Piero Gasperini was livid after Zapata was injured on Colombia duty

By Brian Homewood, Reuters and Ben Miller For Mailonline

Published: 17:29 BST, 18 October 2019 | Updated: 17:29 BST, 18 October 2019

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Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has lambasted international friendlies as 'useless' and demanded one international break a season after top scorer Duvan Zapata was ruled out of Atalanta's onerous Champions League trip to Manchester City with an abductor strain sustained with Colombia.

Zapata has been in sensational form as Atalanta have risen to third in Serie A, scoring six goals in seven league matches alongside three assists.

The 28-year-old, who scored 28 times in 48 appearances last season as Atalanta reached the Champions League for the first time, will be a huge miss as Gasperini attempts to mastermind a shock against a City side who are yet to concede in the competition this season.

Raging Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini has called for a halt to multiple international breaks

Raging Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini has called for a halt to multiple international breaks

Gasperini and Atalanta will be without main goal threat Duvan Zapata against Manchester City

Gasperini and Atalanta will be without main goal threat Duvan Zapata against Manchester City

In-form striker Zapata was injured while on Colombia duty against Chile in Spain on Saturday

In-form striker Zapata was injured while on Colombia duty against

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