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.
Fiorentina squandered two separate leads in a goal-glutted 2-2 draw against Genk in their opening 2023/24 Europa Conference League game. An enthralling encounter at the Cegeka Arena didn't end well for Vincenzo Italiano's side, considering the amount of chances they missed throughout the night.
Roma kicked off their 2023/24 Europa League campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Moldovan outfit Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday night. The Italians needed this win to continue building momentum following a disappointing start to the new campaign.
Jose Mourinho is anticipating a tough encounter in Tiraspol, in what will be a first ever competitive meeting with Sheriff, having never faced a Moldovan side in any European tournament: ""We have respect for all our opponents. We lost 6-1 a match that should have been won two years ago."
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.
The Europa League group stage gets underway on Thursday and it's Sheriff Tiraspol vs Roma in Group G action from Stadionul Sheriff. The hosts are playing in the Europa League for the third straight season, whilst the Giallorossi reached the final last year but were defeated on penalties by Sevilla.
Roma are likely to remain undermanned for the first game of the Europa League group stage against Sheriff Tiraspol. Lorenzo Pellegrini and Chris Smalling are set to stay on the mend due to their muscular injuries, even though they practiced somewhat regularly on Tuesday.
Milan, Lazio, Napoli, and Inter were forced to exclude some players from their Champions League lists. The Rossoneri didn't insert two young newcomers, while Inter picked Davvy Klaassen over Stefano Sensi. Diego Demme is the only absentee for Napoli, as has been the case in Serie A so far.
Roma will officialize their Europa League list on Tuesday, but they have already sent it to UEFA, and it doesn’t comprise Rasmus Kristensen and Sardar Azmoun. They weren’t left out exclusively for numerical reasons, but due to Financial Fair Play restrictions deriving from their settlement agreement.
Roma and Atalanta avoided some of the big dogs in the UEFA Europa League draw. La Dea will tangle with Sporting CP, Sturm Graz, and Rakow. Instead, the Giallorossi will square off versus Slavia Prague, Sheriff Tiraspol, and Servette. A tougher task awaits former Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi.