Atalanta Bergamo – Internazionale: Similar Setups Share The Spoils In An Even Contest (1-1)
Atalanta and Inter came out in their usual setups and thus matched up in structures with three at the back. And although both sides managed to get into their normal patterns of play, their opponents handled much of their forays forward effectively. The game went by with little goalscoring opportunities. Neither team could separate themselves, scoring a goal apiece, and thus earning a point apiece.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Serie A has seen an enthralling start to the campaign with great parity at the top of the league. As much as eight teams are seemingly contenders for the top four spots. Two teams that are sure to be in the thick of things towards the end of the season clashed here. Atalanta and Inter were both coming off tough Champions League losses, to Liverpool and Real Madrid respectively. One point apart as they came into this clash, both were a few points shy of first place. A result in this game would have helped either side storm their way back to title contention.
Gian Piero Gasperini set up his Atalanta side in a familiar 3-4-2-1 shape. Marco Sportiello was in goal with Rafael Tolói, Cristian Romero and Berat Djimsiti at the back. Hans Hateboer and Matteo Ruggeri were the wing-backs with Remo Freuler and Mario Pašalić in central midfield. Duván Zapata led the line with Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez and Ruslan Malinovskyi in support of him.
There was no surprise with Antonio Conte’s lineup either, as he sent out his troops in a 3-4-1-2 shape. Samir Handanović had Alessandro Bastoni, Stefan de Vrij and Milan Škriniar as the . . .