Gasperini ‘s Atalanta is convincing everyone. It is a practically perfect machine in which every holder knows perfectly how to move, and every reserve knows how to replace the former where necessary. Although the statistics have changed little, until last night the Goddess , who enjoys the second best attack in Serie A, could boast an average higher than the two goals scored per game.
Then came Empoli, and Atalanta, although it did not stop working perfectly, stumbled in the second 0-0 of the year – immediately following the one of last Sunday against Inter, in which it had not even been in able to engage Handanovic only once – seeing Rome overtake, currently at +1 in the standings.
What was most surprising at the “Atleti Azzurri d’Italia” stadium was the aggressiveness and offensiveness of the Bergamaschis, who, although unsuccessful, kicked in the goal 18 times, always finding the opposition of the phenomenal goalkeeper of the ‘Empoli, in the evening of grace. It could be said that the Polish class of ’97 was the true kryptonite of the Nerazzurri attack; his actual interventions, which in reality are 17, are a record for Serie A from the 2004/05 season to the present. Dragowski found himself ready before the cannonades of Zapata and Ilicic , to the poisonous conclusions of Papu Gomez , to the various attempts ofFreuler , De Roon and Hateboer , and even to the raids of the defender goleador Mancini , dangerous even with the heel. Home fans have seen their favorites pull 47 times; it had never happened in any of the five major European championships this year.
Even the goals provided by the “Data”, on which the Match Analysis are based , had to be almost 6, in relation to the innumerable occasions created and the center of gravity slightly over 60 meters from the Lombardi. There had never been a number of Expected Goals (xG) – which precisely corresponds to 5.86 – so high in a game that ended 0-0.
We are in front of the umpteenth demonstration that the ball is round, and the predictable results, of course, but up to a certain point, with all due respect to the beautiful Atalanta, in any case still in the running for a place in the Europe of the great.
Empoli, for its part, thanks the Goddess (blindfolded) and her extreme defender. It may be that this precious point may be decisive for staying in the top flight. Surely it will be difficult to review such a game, at least in the short term.