NEWS
Tuesday March 24 2020
Gasperini - the one and only

When Serie A was interrupted by the Coronavirus outbreak, Gian Piero Gasperini was only one point away from breaking the 250-point milestone at Atalanta.

No one has a better record at the wheel of La Dea than the current coach and it seems like Gasperini has been breaking records since the day he arrived in Bergamo.

Four years on, he has brought the Orobici to Europe in his first season in charge and established them at the top in Italy, eventually leading them to a debut in the Champions League.

They have reached the quarter-finals with an incredible 8-4 win on aggregate over Valencia in the last 16 and even more impressively, in their first entry in the European Cup.

But on the Sundays in Serie A, where La Dea do their groundwork, no previous Atalanta coach can beat the Gasp.

Atalanta have proven to be a goal machine under the 62-year-old coach and in the 7-2 win against Lecce, he equalled the all-time record of five games with at least five goals scored, held by Milan since 1958-59.

The 7-2 win followed two 5-0 wins against Milan and Atalanta, a 7-1 win against Udinese and a 7-0 over Torino, playing a part in the sacking of Granata coach Walter Mazzarri.

Serie A has been suspended and Gasperini is currently standing still on 249 points as the head coach in Bergamo.

In short, he will only need one point to reach an incredible milestone no other coach has done before him at the club during their 59 years in the top tier of Italian football.

As highlighted by Calciomercato.com, Stefano Colantuono claimed 217 points in four and a half years at the helm, with Emiliano Mondonico picking up 186 points in five seasons.

Gasperini has already beaten their collection by a big margin and even in less time, seeing as he is currently in the middle of his fourth season working for President Antonio Percassi.

He boasts an average of 1.78 points per match, raising the bar from Colantuono’s 1.44 and Mondonico’s 1.36.

After losing the Coppa Italia Final to Lazio last season, Gasperini also lost out on becoming only the second coach picking up a big trophy in charge of the club.

The run to the Final matched the ones from 1986-87 and 1995-96, but didn't quite reach the 1962-63 season when Paolo Tabanelli won Atalanta's only Coppa Italia in first stint season in charge of the club (two seasons in total, including 1967-68).

This term, they’re already out of the tournament but if the improvement continues nothing seems impossible for Gasperini, who is arguably the most successful coach so far in the club’s history. Only time will tell if he is able to pick up a trophy during his time with the Orobici.

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