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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.