Atalanta chase glory ‘with pain in their hearts’ for city broken by Covid | Nick Ames

Bergamo’s beloved football team are three wins from bringing the Champions League trophy to a city that is still healing

For two months, the wailing of ambulances cut into Bergamo’s soul. It knew no difference between bleak days and dark, tortured nights that came to seem endless. “The constant noise, you had to kill it in some ways, it was getting in your mind,” Franz Barcella says. “The news on television looked nothing like as bad as what those noises will tell you. You had fear, but it was more than fear for yourself.”

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Atalanta chase glory ‘with pain in their hearts’ for city broken by Covid | Nick Ames