The rise and fall of the level has become an inherent feature of Atalanta, but that does not detract from the team that is fighting for the second time to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League after the amazing career recorded last season of the continental championship.
The team seems on the cusp of a relatively easy task when tonight they host the Dane’s Mittelland in Group D, while Ajax Amsterdam – who is equal with Atalanta in the balance with 7 points each – comes out against Liverpool, the group leader, with 9 points.
And Atalanta suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Liverpool with 5 goals without a response early this month, before he took revenge on his English opponent and won him with two goals without response.
The team also suddenly fell at home to modest Verona with two clean goals last Saturday, to occupy eighth place in the Italian League.
Coach Gian Piero Gasperini attributed the reason for the decline in performance and results to exhaustion and the international break in the middle of this month, as the team then scored only one point from two matches in the domestic league.
Gasperini said, “In the last two matches in the domestic league, we created a lot of chances without scoring, which is not usual for us. We suffer some fatigue from the Champions League, but the biggest suffering comes from our level in the last game.”
He added, “In front of Verona, the problem was not mental, because the players did everything they could, and in this regard they deserve praise. Captain Alejandro Gómez and Josip Ilicic played well most of the game, but we lacked some balance due to fatigue.”
Atalanta’s start in the current season of the Italian League witnessed a state of uncertainty in results, as the team scored 13 goals during its victory in the first 3 games, before suffering a severe defeat at the Napoli stadium 1-4, followed by another heavy defeat by Sampdoria 3-1.
But Gasperini – who is in his fifth season with Atalanta – does not have enough reasons to complain about the focus and persistence of the players in light of his desire to take them to the top of the ranks of football.
Atalanta achieved an unexpected achievement by reaching the quarter-finals in his first European Champions League appearance last season, after a dramatic 8-4 victory over Valencia in the two eighth-final aggregate.
But the bright star strongly in the skies of Italy and left the continental championship due to the dramatic defeat by Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-final 1-2 during extra time.
The start of the team last season of the continental championship was disastrous by suffering 3 consecutive defeats, including a white quarter defeat by Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine in the first confrontation, as well as a 5-1 loss against Manchester City, but he booked a qualifying card by collecting 7 points from his last 3 matches. In the group stage.
Atalanta scored 98 goals last season in the Italian league, which was greatly affected by the Corona pandemic, but the Italian team took advantage of this crisis in its favor and made an exceptional career.