Sun 18 September 2022 | 19:19

'Atalanta have many faces' - Gasperini after Victory against Roma

Atalanta defeated AS Roma with a Giorgio Scalvini's goal at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday in Serie A to stay at the top of the table.


has 17 points after seven matches in

Serie A

and still is unbeaten. Gian Piero Gasperini after the games explained how his players managed to beat Jose Mourinho’s side.

Gasperini told Sky Sports:

“The lads have always worked hard, it was a difficult match against a strong Roma side, but we held our shape well and didn’t run many risks, especially in the second half.


are a tough team, so these three points boost our confidence and help us to improve.”

Gasperini at halftime decided to make two changes and replaced Scalvini and Hojlund.

He explained:

“Scalvini was doing well, so was Rasmus, and it wasn’t easy for him against Smalling. Muriel was more of a reference point for the attack, but these are teenagers, they did really well and Scalvini scored a splendid goal.

“It was important that we moved Marten de Roon to the middle and that took away much of Roma’s initiative.”

Atalanta under Gasperini is famous for their attacking play but this season unlike previous seasons they have been solid in defense and have kept four clean sheets.

He said:

“Even in the second half of last season, we weren’t as prolific as we were and throwing too many players forward to seek spaces was just not practical. At this moment, this is fine, but we’ll see how the season goes on. These are very balanced games and the details can make the difference.

“We used a lot more midfielders today in order to raise the quality level and keep possession. Let’s just say we have many faces and can choose between the different versions of Atalanta.

“Having five substitutions also allows for more variation. I was never a big fan, but seeing as it’s here, we may as well make the most of it.”

Atalanta currently is at top of the table ahead of the match between Milan and Napoli tonight and Gasperini says his players deserve to be at the top.

“Just being up there is very satisfying. We know that we won’t be there at the end, but it’s nice while it lasts and these lads deserve it, especially as we are missing a lot of players and lost several others over the summer.

“This squad is trying to renovate and lower the average age. We have started well, that’s a confidence booster, but there’s no rush to make proclamations on what we could achieve.”

source: SportMob

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