Atalanta Bergamo – AC Milan: Dominant Atalanta Win Never In Question Against Dismal Milan Side (5-0)
In a game wherein Atalanta’s goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini was never tested, Giampiero Gasperini’s side dominated a dismal Milan side with their aggressive and progressive football. Besides the evident offensive issues, the Milanese side showed severe defensive cracks that raise questions over whether parting ways with Gattuso was the right decision.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Ever since Stefano Pioli’s appointment, AC Milan has been oscillating in limbo, unable to find the stability fans and management hoped for. Due to a tactical context that has never looked ideal to get the best out of Milan’s talents, the players have struggled to reach previous heights, settling for a seemingly inescapable mediocrity that pushes away the club’s historic accomplishments game after game.
So far this season, the only bright spot in never-ending darkness has been Theo Hernández, who stands as the top goalscorer with four goals, already painting a vivid picture of the issues afflicting Milan.
On the other side of the field stood Atalanta, who have been reaping the rewards of Gasperini’s work, qualifying the Champions League round of sixteen, where they will face Valencia, and on route to challenge for the Serie A top four once more.
Unable to make use of Hernández’s dribbling out of pressure as a response to Atalanta’s man-to-man schemes due to injury, Pioli was already faced with a big dilemma ahead of the game, which he chose to deal with by starting Ricardo Rodríguez at left back. In midfield started Ismaël Bennacer as the lone pivot . . .