Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini insists his men are focused on the upcoming Serie A clash against Juventus despite a tricky Europa League contest against Sporting Lisbon awaiting them in a few days. During a pre-game conference, the experienced tactician hailed Bianconeri as one of the best teams in the division.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed star striker Dusan Vlahovic won't be available for selection this weekend. The record-time Serie A champions travel to the Gewiss Stadium to encounter Atalanta in Sunday's mouth-watering league contest without their standout forward.
Atalanta icon Papu Gomez is set to return back to Serie A with Monza. Having recently parted ways with Sevilla, Gomez, who was a free agent, has been snapped up by the Biancorossi following the six-month injury layoff sustained by forward Gianluca Caprari.
Teun Koopmeiners decided the Verona contest with a strike to help Atalanta gain their first away victory of the season and enter the top four, waiting for Fiorentina’s result. The Dutchman was in demand in the summer, but La Dea didn’t really entertain the offers.
Atalanta and the representatives of De Ketelaere needed some time to finalize their agreement in the summer, while it was easier for La Dea to come to terms with Milan. The Bergamaschi rolled the dice with the Belgian following a disappointing season. Their call has paid off big time so far.
Mitchel Bakker hasn’t had a smooth transition to Serie A and hasn’t hit it off with Gian Piero Gasperini. The newcomer, who was supposed to starter on the left wing, quickly ceded the job to Matteo Ruggeri. He was excluded for the Cagliari game due to a technical decision.
Inter and Milan both needed a single strike to collect all three points, while Roma, Lazio and Napoli had to settle for underwhelming draws. Nevertheless, there were still various interesting elements to pick up, and we'll recap them in our own fashion by enlisting the tops and flops from Serie A Round 5.
Atalanta defeated Cagliari thanks to a dominating first half, even though they scored just once, and managed the game properly. 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
Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini has hailed his side's 2-0 home win over Cagliari as the 'the best performance of the season so far.' Fresh off a 2-0 Europa League win over Polish title holders Rakow on Thursday, La Dea replicated the same scoreline to take down the Serie A returnees at the Gewiss Stadium.
Atalanta added to Cagliari's agonizing return to Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday afternoon. La Dea recovered from last week's disappointing 3-2 defeat at Fiorentina with a relatively routine home triumph.
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."