Rino Gattuso

Gasperini it never stops. The challenge between the best teams in the championship rewards Atalanta, who bends Napoli 2-0 to +15 on Gattuso’s formation. Seventh victory in a row in Serie A for Gasperini, who can smile: his are confirmed solid, lucid and ruthless, while Insigne and associates can only complain about the defective aim and defensive errors. The technician from Bergamo must renounce Malinovskyi, disqualified, and deploy in front of Gollini the trio composed of Toloi, Caldara and Djimsiti. Chestnuts and Gosens push on the sides, in the median act De Roon and Freuler with Pasalic and Gomez behind the ram Zapata. Four changes of Gattuso compared to the race with the Spal.

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Ospina in goal, Di Lorenzo on the right, Demme in the median and Politano in the attacking trio return. The central defense pair formed by Maksimovic and Koulibaly is immovable, on the left is Rui, the half-players Fabian and Zielinski, the other attackers Mertens and Insigne. Napoli starts better, building the first goal in the 15th minute: Fabian crosses for Koulibaly, the defender’s header from an excellent position ends out. Atalanta cannot find spaces and must rely on long-range shots. Gomez tries, but Ospina is careful and deflects for a corner. Just Ospina in an exit on punishment of Papu is hit by Caldara and Mario Rui and remedies a deep cut to the eyebrow: he must leave the field, in his place Meret. The first half ends without major jolts. At 36 ‘, Insigne’s right is slow and central after a percussion by Mertens, a few minutes later Zapata and Toloi do not find the winning flick of head on the developments of a corner. In recovery there is also room for a header by Politano, well served by Rui, who goes off high. The recovery begins with the Nerazzurri advantage. Fierce pressure from the orobici in pressing, Maksimovic and Di Lorenzo combine a half mess and Gomez takes advantage of it to brush a perfect cross for Pasalic’s head, good at bagging undisturbed head. A few minutes later the doubling arrives. The action still develops on the right, where Chestnuts and Toloi duet, the Brazilian’s lopsided shot turns into an assist for Gosens who beats Meret out. Gattuso throws Milik and Lozano instead of Mertens and Insigne, Napoli tries to react. The Mexican immediately touches the net by engaging Gollini on the exit and then hitting his head in advance on Chestnuts. The opportunity not taken advantage of by Fabian, freed by a Zielinski heel, is also out: his right from an excellent position. Koulibaly also tries a header: off target. Inside also Callejon and Lobotka, while Gasperini waits as much as possible to insert fresh forces, revolutionizing the whole defense – inside Palomino, Hateboer and Sutalo – and giving space also to Muriel and Tameze. It ends 2-0 and is a result that, in fact, locks the position of the Atalanta Champions, definitively turning off the blue hopes


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