Atalanta Successfully Ride Unexpected Attacking Pair

Atalanta defeated Cagliari thanks to a dominating first half, even though they scored just once, and managed the game properly after the interval. La Dea picked up three wins in as many home games, having previously toppled Monza and Rakow. Instead, they have lost twice, against Frosinone and Fiorentina, and defeated Sassuolo away so far.

As Tuttomercatoweb points out, Gian Piero Gasperini can rejoice for how their attack fared in the wake of Gianluca Scamacca’s injury. Ademola Lookman and Charles De Ketelaere have established an instant connection. Their frontline wasn’t hurt by the lack of size.

The Ivorian international found the target in consecutive Serie A games. He hadn’t managed since last January. While he had gotten off to a scintillating start in his maiden Atalanta campaign, his performances tailed off significantly in early 2023. He hit the net just once in the last 12 rounds.

De Ketelaere assisted his partner on Sunday. The duo will have to shoulder the load offensively as Scamacca will be sidelined for the upcoming stretch of matches. Gasperini tested a trident, fielding Luis Muriel instead of an attacking midfielder again for a few minutes after it paid dividends versus Rakow.

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They’ll be fine offensively if Lookman produces as much as in the first half of last season. De Ketelaere is sneaky physical for somebody so technical. He has surely looked re-energized by leaving Milan and his freedom in Bergamo.

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