Napoli – Atalanta Bergamo: Atalanta Make Strides in Serie A Champions League Race By Beating Napoli After Tough First Half (1-2)
Napoli were very much on top in the first half, with a strong pressing game which took the sting out of Atalanta’s wing-focused possession game. Atalanta were also somewhat unstable defensively due to Napoli’s attack disorganizing their man-marking scheme. Napoli’s lack of clinical edge in the final third helped an improved Atalanta back into the game in the second half though, and they were able to turn things around to come out 2-1 winners.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Napoli hosted Atalanta as they looked to bounce back from their Europa League exit at the hands of Arsenal last week. Carlo Ancelotti made four changes from that game, including leaving out Lorenzo Insigne in favour of Dries Mertens who lined up alongside Arkadiusz Milik as strikers in a 4-4-2 formation.
Atalanta had the chance to go level with AC Milan in fourth place in Serie A with a win in this game, as they continue to exceed expectations. Manager Gian Piero Gasperini made three changes from their previous 0-0 draw against Empoli. Berat Djimsiti replaced José Luis Palomino at center-back. Meanwhile, Timothy Castagne came in at left wing-back ahead of Robin Goossens, and Josip Iličić made way for Mario Pašalić in their 3-4-1-2 formation.
Match prediction, standings and implications going into the weekend.
Atalanta's man-marking disorganised by Napoli’s structure
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