Serie A Team of the Round – Atalanta

Another home cooking for Atalanta, which hanged on Parma the same result they had against Milan: five-nothing, with most of their offensive weapons breaking through.

The Goddess were looking to keep up their good form and cash in on Roma’s stumble against Torino to move closer to the top four. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini chose Hans Hateboer over Timothy Castagne on the right wing, selected Luis Muriel to spearhead the attack, while Marco Sportiello was between the sticks because Pierluigi Gollini had been under the weather throughout the week.  

The game was no-contest right from the beginning, as Alejandro Gomez got the scoring started after just ten minutes, blasting the ball right under the bar from 20 meters out with a lefty strike. After a pair of week attempts by the Ducali, the Orobici doubled the lead at 33rd minute, as Remo Freuler ventured deep into the final third, combined with Gomez to get loose in the box and knocked it on goal.

Muriel tried to join the party but his wicked long-range attempt was just wide. It was instead Robin Gosens who made in three-nil before the break, rifling it home after a Josip Ilicic shot was deflected by a defender. The Slovenian internal did get his goal in the second half, as, at the 60th minute mark, Gosens set him up in the box with a soft cross that was just asking to be volleyed home, which Ilicic did in the impeccable fashion.

As a matter of fact, the inventive forward put together a brace, waltzing his way through defenders on a counter ten minutes later before once again beating the poor Luigi Sepe, who was completely left hung out to dry by his defence in this one. The final highlight was Duvan Zapata making his long-awaited return on the pitch after three months, but it might be a while before he resumes being a fantasy weapon.

The Bergamaschi picked up their fourth win in the last five contests and gained three full points over Roma, which now hold the narrowest of leads.

Another fantasy bonanza for the Nerazzurri: Ilicic paced everybody with ten points, Gosens snared eight, Rafael Toloi, who was credited with an assist, took home seven, like Gomez and Sportiello for the clean sheet. Freuler amassed five because he was booked, on a par with the rest of the defenders, while Marten De Roon totalled four because he assisted the initial goal.

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