Sampdoria – Atalanta Bergamo: Giampaolo Fails To Shut Down Atalanta’s Right Side (1-2)
In a battle of two attractive Serie A teams and two highly rated managers, Atalanta Bergamo proved worthy winners because of the quality chances they created, especially in the second half. The tactical battle provided a very clear danger zone to attack in this game for Atalanta. After not exploiting it enough in a rather uneventful first half, they first hit the post and then scored the winner from that particular zone after the interval.
Tactical analysis and match report by Cem Soylu.
Both teams started the game in their usual formations; Sampdoria with a 4-4-2 diamond shape and Atalanta in a 3-4-1-2 formation. Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo made two changes compared to last weekend’s win away at SPAL. He picked Nicola Murru at left back instead of right back Bartosz Bereszyński, which saw Jacopo Sala move back to his favored right back position. Furthermore, Albin Ekdal started at the bottom of the diamond instead of Ronaldo Vieira.
Atalanta’s only change from the 3-1 victory over Fiorentina was Hans Hateboer at right wing-back over Timothy Castagne. As it would turn out, the Dutch defender would proved to be the key player in this game, along with Josip Iličić. The two teams are both involved in a heated battle for the European spots in Serie A, with only two points between seventh-placed Atalanta and ninth-placed Sampdoria going into the game.
Atalanta’s 3-4-1-2 man-to-man orientation when Sampdoria (4-4-2 diamond) was in possession.
Atalanta’s . . .