Atalanta Bergamo – Internazionale: No Goals, No Problems For Dominant Inter (0-0)
Though neither side could find the back of the net, this was an end-to-end and fun game of football between Atalanta and Inter. Whilst the away side dominated possession and created more chances, Atalanta’s high pressure, counterattacking style produced a number of high quality chances for the hosts.
Tactical analysis and match report by Charlie Tuley.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side entered the match in fourth place in the Serie A, level on points with fifth-placed Juventus. With a win over Inter, they would have jumped Napoli and gone into third place, and put a suitable gap between themselves and the others attempting to qualify for the Champions League.
Atalanta had a number of players out for the match against Inter, with Robin Gosens, Duván Zapata, Rafael Tolói, Ruslan Malinovskyi, and Joachim Mæhle all out to face the reigning Serie A champions. Gasperini chose to field a fluid 4-5-1 formation, with Juan Musso in goal, and Giuseppe Pezzella, José Luis Palomino, Merih Demiral, and Berat Djimsiti making up the back line. Mario Pašalić, Remo Freuler, Marten de Roon, Teun Koopmeiners, and Matteo Pessina completed the midfield, and Luis Muriel started as the lone striker.
Simone Inzaghi’s Inter came into the match against Atalanta in fine form, having won their last eight Serie A matches. They sat top of the Serie A on forty-nine points, with their closest competition being their city rivals AC Milan on forty-eight.
Inzaghi was unrestricted by injuries or suspensions for the match, he had his full squad available for selection. Regardless, Inzaghi elected to rotate his players a . . .