Atalanta Enjoying Unprecedented Defensive Solidity

Atalanta couldn’t find a way to score against Juventus despite pulling the strings, but they once again had a sturdy display. They kept their fifth clean sheet in the first seven matches, which had never happened in their history, Opta informs (via Ansa).

La Dea gave up 48 goals, thus an average of more than one per game, in each of the last two seasons. They have conceded five so far, two versus Frosinone and three against Fiorentina, on the road in both instances. Instead, they have blanked Sassuolo, Monza, Cagliari, and Verona, on top of the Bianconeri, plus Rakow in Europa League.

Atalanta are mostly relying on continuity in the back. Their only addition was Sead Kolasinac, who has fit right in. They have been rotating him with their three incumbent center-backs, Giorgio Scalvini, Rafael Toloi, and Berat Djimsiti. Juan Musso and Marco Carnesecchi have split time on goal, with the veteran seeing the lion’s share of minutes.

Despite the positive development, coach Gian Piero Gasperini hasn’t changed his mentality.

“Honestly, I would have rather conceded and come out on top. I would have preferred a 2-1 or even a 5-4 result.”

Our Take on Atalanta

Their offense is naturally going to improve once Gianluca Scamacca and El Bilal Touré return. They’ll be a nuisance for everybody and a threat even for the top four if they keep it up defensively.

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