At the first test at the Gewiss Stadium, Atalanta managed to impact against the Italian champions of Milan, who arrived in Bergamo in full force and in excellent physical condition. Gasperini opted for a conservative formation, giving up for the first time the two strikers, always presented in recent appearances, including the first at Marassi against Sampdoria and in international friendlies.
THE TACTICAL EXAMINATION – Ball of the game granted to the opponents, blocked wards and defense in the hand of the returning Demiral. In practice, he relied on last year’s team, without important players such as Palomino, Freuler and Zappacosta and managed to limit Milan.
STERILE ATTACHMENT – The attack initiatives, however, turned out to be with a dropper. There was a lack of imagination and little support for Zapata, who appeared isolated and prey to the giants Kalulu and Tomori.
THE POST RACE – If the game was not unforgettable for the level of opportunities, the post-game was nothing short of pyrotechnic, started with the words of the American owner Pagliuca, charged to harangue the fans and convinced that he can reinforce the staff in the last ten market days. Without to forget Gasperini’s statements against everything and everyone (from the Company to the local press), which again revealed a lack of tranquility of the Nerazzurri helmsman, satisfied with the spirit of his boys, but much less for the completeness of his staff.
THE REQUEST FOR GASP – Gasperini was very clear in identifying the most evident shortcoming of the team in the offensive department, effectively discharging Malinovskyi and revealing a distrust on the Colombian couple alone, absolutely asking for a reinforcement of value at the first striker level. Now the club will have to respond with facts to the coach’s requests, even if Djimsiti’s injury could force them to divide up the available resources on different fronts.
WHAT WILL BE OF GASPERINI IF … – We will see what will happen in these last days of the transfer market, but it is clear that if the staff remains the same even on the evening of 1 September and the coach’s claims will be disregarded, Atalanta’s year zero could coincide with the last one. season on the bench of the Grugliasco coach.