Manchester City – Atalanta Bergamo: Atalanta proves powerless in the face of almighty City (5-1)
Manchester City were too much for a good, yet, helpless Atalanta Bergamo side, who faced the fourth evolution of the juggernaut Pep Guardiola has been molding for years. The visitors simply could not keep up and now they find themselves in a tough spot in their Champions League debut season. Zero points after three games.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
One of the most anticipated encounters of this campaign’s group stage kicked off in a scenario many did not expect. Atalanta found themselves in last place prior to the match, with a goal difference of -5. Six goals conceded in two matches to the teams Atalanta should have competed with placed Gasperini’s side in a tight spot ahead of their biggest test of the season. Against Lazio, the Champions League debutants showcased the firepower they can bolster, even when not at their full strength. What was required of Atalanta to stand a chance against the almighty Manchester City was to take the final step - in addition to a flawless performance - maintaining the same high intensity over the entire ninety minutes.Eventually, this proved fruitless, since City’s level was just too much for Gasperini’s men, in spite of a good performance from the visitors.
Guardiola rotated David Silva for Phil Foden. Sergio Agüero rejoined the eleven after resting against Crystal Palace and Kyle Walker came in for João Cancelo at right back.
Gasperini had to make do without Duván Zapata, so Josip Iličić started in attack. Marten de Roon featured . . .