Sun 30 October 2022 | 14:27

Gasperini is amazed by Atalanta's record-breaking Serie A start

Winning eight of their opening 12 Serie A matches, Atalanta made records in their history with a 2-0 away victory at Empoli on Sunday as La Dea chases the early league leaders Napoli with five points from the second place.

Despite seeing Teun Koopmeiners's penalty being saved by Guglielmo Vicario,


managed to get back on winning ways with goals from Hans Hateboer and Ademola Lookman.

Winning 8 out of their 12 starting Serie A matches,

Gian Piero Gasperini

admits he didn't expect Atalanta's flying start to the season as they already made a club record. He told

Sky Sports Italia:

Records are nice to have.

“It was a good game, perhaps on a technical level one of our best. I already got the sensation against Sassuolo that we were improving, then we didn’t do well against Lazio, so needed a strong performance as well as a result today.

“Perhaps we started the season more clinical and focused on the results, but I saw improvements in the quality of the football. This is a match that aside from the result, also gives us satisfaction. There were other wins that weren’t so pleasing, but it’s good to feel like we fully deserved it.

“It’s not true that the more strikers you have on the field, the more goals you get. We are seeking the right balance to create chances and have more men pushing forward from all areas. Duvan Zapata is recovering, Luis Muriel was suspended today after two fouls in two years.

“This Rasmus Hojlund is very impressive, he’s a thorn in the side of defenders, very physical and still so young. He’s one to watch.”

Although Lookman tried to take the penalty, Gasperini told the team that


is first in line. On his decision, he added:

“I asked Koopmeiners to take it and then he missed! Lookman has scored five goals and always gave a strong contribution to the team.

“He has technique, pace, is a player any coach would be happy with. We realised pretty quickly what he was capable of, he was convincing from the start.”




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