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After another season of near-misses, ambitious Atalanta BC start their new Serie A campaign with a trip to Turin Saturday night.
Calcio’s great entertainers eventually finished third in the 2020-21 table and were beaten by Juventus in the Coppa Italia final.
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While most of the other top four contenders struggled with a post-season management change, Atalanta is back in action this week and is on track to their latest success. Gian Piero Gasperini.
Despite some disappointment at the end of last season, the Bergamo club still managed to qualify for a return to the Champions League and are once again among the favorites to push Juventus and Scudetto defending champions Inter into the league. Additionally, they have kept the majority of their talented roster intact so far, so the prospect of freer football can be enjoyed for returning Bergamaschi fans.
Impressive defender, of course Cristian Romero is now goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini at Tottenham Hotspur – with a typically decent potential profit – and star striker Duvan Zapata is continuous with a move to Inter as. connected Romelu Lukaku‘s replacement. However, Atalanta is the master of the market and has brought in promising center-backs Matteo Lovato and Merih Demiral – from Verona and Juventus – to complete their rearguard; with their rotating cast of attacking full-backs who are also ready to devastate the opposing defenses again.
La Dea travels to Turin this week knowing they have won each of their last three season openers after scooping just two points in their last eight games on Matchday 1. In addition, the top scorer of the 2020/21 league – with an astonishing 90 goals – recorded the most goals on matchday one in the last three seasons (11).
In particular, Zapata’s compatriot and frontline colleague Luis Muriel enjoys playing against Turin as he has been involved in six Serie A goals since joining Atalanta. Certainly he will be an integral part of their performance again after only ranking behind it Robert Lewandowski in terms of goals per minute in the top five leagues in Europe last season – to score every 65 minutes on average.
Unlike Atalanta, Turin has been marked by management instability over the past few years – and the results have not been pretty.
Even though Davide Nicola finally steered the Granata towards the end of last season from relegation problems, the Toro fan from his youth was not rewarded with a longer-term contract, as he was from Marco Giampaolo in January.
Now highly regarded ex-Verona boss Ivan Juric becomes the fifth man to step through the door in the past three years on a mandate to improve the club’s fortune and avoid another desperate battle to avoid demotion.
The demanding Croatian coach has a lot to do as he tries to adapt the mindset of a nearly unchanged squad and Torino only fought their way through to the second round of Coppa Italia on penalties last weekend failed to beat 10-man Cremonese.
Before reinforcements can arrive, however, the sale must take place with a central defender Lyanco on the verge of joining Real Betis or Watford – and several others are said to have followed him through the exit.
After suffering from a striker shortage at his former club last season, Juric will be desperate for a star striker Andrea Belotti not to be part of an exodus, as the EM 2020 winner is again an integral part of Granata’s hopes despite a lower goal rate last year.
Belotti have scored three goals in their last two games against Atalanta – a 4-2 loss and the enthralling 3-3 draw in February – and have drew within reach of 100 goals in Serie A (98 currently). Until the transfer window closes, Turin believers will be praying that his century will come while still wearing their famous maroon shirt.
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Atalanta starts the season without first-choice center-forward Duvan Zapata, who was recently expelled until next month after suffering a knee sprain Hans Hateboer – one injury victim for much of the past season – is also absent due to a foot injury that may require surgery.
In addition to the departures of Cristian Romero and Pierluigi Gollini to North London, Marten De Roon, Remo Freuler and Rafael Toloi (all banned) Gian Piero Gasperini will not be available on Saturday, so his XI will require some improvisation.
Merih Demiral, who signed in the summer, started in a back three in the Nerazzurri’s friendship defeat at parent club Juventus last week, and the Turkish international could be helped on defense by new signing Matteo Lovato Joakim Mahle – a Euro star – will replace Hateboer on the right flank.
In the meantime, Juan Musso will make his competitive debut in goal and Luis Muriel should be helped Ruslan Malinovsyi and Josip Ilicic in attack.
The home side are ready to take on Ivan Juric’s favorite 3-4-2-1 formation this weekend, despite the teething troubles in the Cup last time, with captain Andrea Belotti taking the lead if he can recover from an ankle sprain in time. Otherwise too Antonio Sanabria or Simone Zaza is represented.
If the skipper is ready to take off, Torino will have almost full strength, because only Ola Aina – freshly returned from a loan deal in England – could be asked to join the left full-back if doubts have been overcome Cristian Ansaldi‘s fitness.
Etrit Berisha should start in the gate and Marko Pjaca – on loan from city rivals Juventus – is expected to play in a role just behind the lone front man.
Turin possible starting line-up:
Berisha; Izzo, Buongiorno, Rodriguez; Singo, Mandragora, Linetty, Aina; Lukic, Pjaca; Belotti
Atalanta BC possible starting line-up:
Musso; Palomino, Demiral, Djimsiti; Maehle, Pessina, Pasalic, Gosens; Ilicic, Malinovsyi; Zapata
Probability: Turin 2-3 Atalanta BC
Ivan Juric and his mentor Gian Piero Gasperini may be old friends, but both men want to kick off this – and it promises to be an entertaining 90 minutes.
Atalanta has been linked to Full Attack for a reason and – even in the absence of some key players – is able to pick up its scoring performances where they left off in May. Torino, meanwhile, may take a while to learn his new manager’s methods and will fall short on Saturday.
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