Naples. “San Paolo”
Napoli – Atalanta 4: 1
Goals: Losano 23, 27, Politano 30, Osimhen 43 – Lammers 69
“Napoli“: Ospina, Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Coulibaly, Husay, Ruiz (Demme 83), Bakayoko (Lobotka 75), Politano (Gulyam 64), Losano, Mertens (Malcuy 75), Osimhen (Petania 83)
“Atalanta“: Sportiello, Palomino (Jimcity 46), Romero, Toloi, Depaoli, De Roon, Pasalic, Gozens (Muriel 81), Ilicic (Malinowski 63), A. Gomez (Lammers 56), D. Zapata (Mohica 46)
Warnings: Losano 79 – Toloy 38, Gosens 45 + 1, Jimcity 81
This match was able to outshine even the Milan derby. “Atalanta” and “Napoli” – the brightest teams in Italy in recent years, were the first to score. Vesuviani had seven wins and a draw in their last eight home games, started the season 8-0 in two matches, worked even harder in isolation and were angry with the technical defeat at Juventus. Well, “Orobichi” became the first in the history of Serie A with at least four balls in each of the three rounds, bringing back the talk of the Scudetto. True, Gian Piero Gasperini only wanted to continue to amaze and win. His team amazed him today for sure …
Players “Atalanta” were much more tired after long flights, Gasperini was clearly mistaken, refusing to play with two forwards, throwing into battle Ilicic, who has not played since July 11, Depaoli’s reserve lateral, slightly injured Toloi. His defense was alarming in previous matches. But that doesn’t justify the worst first half of his cadence. The Bergamans looked just helpless, mostly running aimlessly after their rivals without a chance to take the ball away. And they did what they wanted. Even the statistics of 16 shots, of which nine on target, are not able to convey the state of affairs on the field.
Di Lorenzo shot at Osimhen, Sportiello intervened, but only corrected Lozano. Chuki and Mertens played a counterattack with an excellent throw into the corner just in the style of the latter. Politano shifted from right to center and put into the corner from 18 meters, Osimhen won the horse duel and shot low from 20, scoring his first goal for the club. And in other moments, Sportiello was lucky with weak hits from his opponents after excellent combinations.
“Atalanta” started the second half actively. Ospina parried the blow of Gomez with his foot, De Roon almost hit the ground from a distance. However, Gasperini quickly gave up. Or he realized that the flying South Americans would not help him today. Because of this, Zapata and even Captain Gomez were replaced early. And Luis Muriel came out late. Ruslan Malinovsky also came out late, due to disqualification from the national team, who returned to Bergamo at the beginning of the week. “Napoli” calmly defended and “killed” the pace. He missed only because of the unexpected breakthrough of the defender Romero and Lammers. Malinovsky missed a little from a distance.
Before the match, the Atalanta mentor bluntly stated that the Champions League at this stage is more important to him than the league. But not so much!