Atalanta Bergamo – Napoli: Napoli Outplayed But Come Out Victorious (1-3)
In another highlight Serie A meeting, Atalanta had the better of their visitors in terms of game dynamic through their aggressive press and work in the wide areas was the foundation for them to trouble Napoli between the lines and they caused the most danger in terms of chance creation. But it was Napoli who seized upon the occasional glimpses at goal that came their way, and they walked away with all three points.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Two clubs would meet here who play some of Serie A’s most attention-grabbing and neutral-friendly football. Both seemed in with a shout at the title some months ago, but only Napoli held any such hope heading into this fixture. Lacklustre domestic form saw Atalanta join the cluster chasing Champions League football. And even in that battle, which saw many contenders, Atalanta had begun to taper with Juventus seeming the leaders in the best of those outside the top three.
Gian Piero Gasperini sent Atalanta out in their customary 3-4-1-2 shape. Juan Musso was the goalkeeper. The back three was Berat Djimsiti, José Palomino and Giorgio Scalvini while the wing-backs were Hans Hateboer and Davide Zappacosta. The standard midfield pair of Remo Freuler and Marten de Roon continued as Teun Koopmeiners was listed as sitting behind Luis Muriel and Ruslan Malinovskyi.
For Napoli, Luciano Spalletti went for the 4-2-3-1 formation with the man in goal being David Ospina while Mário Rui, Kalidou Koulibaly, Juan Jesus and Alessandro Zanoli were the backline. A double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. of Stanislav Lobotka and . . .