Gian Piero Gasperini praised De Ketelaere for his impressive display and compared him to former forward Josip Iličić, as the 22-year-old took his tally to two goals from five games for Atalanta. The striker himself expressed confidence in his displays in his post-match interview.
Gian Piero Gasperini was pleased with what he saw from his side in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Rakow but also attacked Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso, who didn’t like his remarks following the recent game between Atalanta and Fiorentina: "I never offended anybody and always backed my team."
Atalanta got their first Europa League group stage campaign since 2021/22 off to a flying start, easing past Polish champions Rakow Czestochowa 2-0 on home turf. Gian Piero Gasperini's men put on a dominant performance at the Gewiss Stadium, maintaining an impressive spell of form in Bergamo.
Alejandro Gomez is still a free agent despite a few links and was complimentary of Atalanta in an interview, as he's no longer holding a grudge following his tumultuous exit. Monza director Adriano Galliano recently stated that they won’t put him under contract after some chatter.
Atalanta face Raków Częstochowa in their UEFA Europa League opener after a year’s absence from Europe, but will have to make do without their star striker. Gasperini gave his thoughts ahead of the clash against Raków in his pre-match press conference, commenting on Scamacca's injury.
José Luis Palomino can move on from his doping saga following his final victory in the courtrooms. He had tested positive in July 2022. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in his favor on Tuesday, closing the case. He had returned on the pitch a few months after the preliminary suspension.
As feared, Gianluca Scamacca will have to skip a few games due to a thigh injury. The Atalanta marksman has been diagnosed with a first-degree lesion of the semimembranosus muscle of the right thigh. He’ll be out for three to four weeks. He’ll most likely return after the next international break.
Atalanta bested a few Serie A contenders to acquire Gianluca Scamacca from West Ham last summer. He commenced with a bang by bagging a brace versus Monza in the penultimate round. He was also on Inter and Milan’s radar. He's expected to miss time with an injury, though.
Despite admitting that his squad are going through a physical decline, Gasperini hopes the upcoming continental clash will help his side take the edge off: "There were the conditions to win, and we ruined them due to carelessness especially on the first and third goals."
Atalanta suffered their second defeat of the 2023/24 Serie A season, going down 3-2 to Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. An open-ended contest in Tuscany could've just as easily gone their way, but Gian Piero Gasperini's men gave La Viola one too many chances.
September's international break seems to have worked wonders for Fiorentina, who recovered from a disheartening loss at Inter with a superb win over Atalanta. After conceding four unanswered goals at Giuseppe Meazza a fortnight ago, Vincenzo Italiano's side made light work of an early deficit to beat La Dea 3-2 on home turf.
Fiorentina and Atalanta put on a show at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday evening, but only one manager went home happy. Despite falling behind early on, Vincenzo Italiano's men showed fighting spirit and determination to topple La Dea 3-2 in an enthralling Serie A fixture.