Sunday November 18 2012
Atalanta all about efficiency

Atalanta have not been prolific this season, but as Dylan Fahy writes, they have been just as effective as the top teams. 

The seasonal trip to Bergamo has become one of the most imposing of the season for many a side in Serie A. Dubbed the “giant killers” by Italian media, Atalanta have already dispatched Inter, Napoli and Milan. However, it is the style with which Stefano Colantuono’s men have climbed to sixth in the table, despite a two-point deduction for their part in the betting scandal that is truly incredible.  

Atalanta have only netted on 13 occasions this season, with all six of their victories coming by a margin of a single goal. They currently hover in sixth, and you would have to go down as far as 12th to find a club that has scored fewer goals. Colantuono has created a compact side and their cohesiveness at the back means that, much like current Italian champions Juventus last season, it does not matter where the goals come from with everyone chipping on a consistent basis.

La Dea have proved to be the most effective team in Serie A. Journeyman striker German Denis has been their top scorer to date with four strikes, but after that midfielders Giacomo Bonaventura and Luca Cigarini are the only other players to have scored more than once.

The Nerazzurri’s defence has been the vital link above all else, once again a similar trait that the Bianconeri made the most of last season. Despite conceding a lacklustre 15 goals, they reserved five of those to an uncharacteristically heavy defeat to Torino. Aside from that game, they have only lost by a margin of more the one strike against Roma. 

Goalkeeper Andrea Consigli has been preforming miracles on a weekly basis - including saving two penalties in one game against Cagliari. The shot-stopper recently earned himself a place in Cesare Prandelli’s Italy squad in light of his recent form. The concrete defensive partnership of Cristian Raimondi and Guglielmo Stendardo has been reliable at all times. Their young full back pairing of Federico Peluso and Davide Brivio have been linked with moves to European clubs.

Atalanta travel to the Stadio Artemio Franchi unbeaten in six games this weekend to face high-flying Fiorentina. Vincenzo Montella’s side have been the form team in Italy this season and they currently sit one win away from a place in the Champions League. Another victory would see the Bergamo-based outfit continue their mantle of “giant killers."

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