Gian Piero Gasperini, Atalanta’s manager, has been revolutionizing the way the Bergamo side plays. Not only that but under Gasperini, even other bigger teams have been fearing a possible clash against Atalanta.
The Blues from Bergamo had never got to the UEFA Champions League until this season, and they made quite a progress. In their debuting European season, Atalanta made it to the quarterfinals of the UCL, beating Valencia in the Round of 16.
In the Italian Serie A, Atalanta has been running the show as well, currently at the 4th place, and having the best attack of the competition, with 70 goals scored in 24 matchdays, averaging almost 3 goals per game.
Some even nicknamed the Bergamo team, due to the number of games they scored 7 goals in a sole match. Only in this season, Atalanta scored 7 goals in three matches.
Gasperini could transform a normal side, into one of the most lethal attacks in Europe. Carried by the super Josip Ilicic, who is the team’s top scorer, Atalanta never changes its way of playing. They always tend to command the offensive actions in the games, and it doesn’t even matter whether they play home or away.
Other key-players are strikers Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata, and Papu Gomez. In addition to a demolishing attack, the defense is not bad either.
We can say that with two seasons in a row sending Atalanta to shine in the Champions League, we will maybe see Gasperini commanding a heavy-weight club in some months.
The 62-years-old manager, who was born in Grugliasco, Italy, is also a former footballer, and played midfielder back in his old days. Besides Atalanta, he also managed Internazionale, Palermo, and Genoa.
However, it was only in the Bergamo side that Gasperini could show what he is really able to do.
In my personal opinion, he reminds me a little bit of Jurgen Klopp, as both always tend to play forward, and they would rather win all games 6-5 than 1-0.
He could be a good option for Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, and maybe even Manchester City, in case that Pep Guardiola heads back to Barcelona.